According to former Australia Test captain Tim Paine, England does not have the necessary depth to compete with Pat Cummins and the rest of the Australian team in the ongoing Ashes series. Paine believes that Australia has room for improvement, but England may struggle to keep up. The first Test match was played on a flat pitch in Edgbaston, resulting in a thrilling two-wicket victory for Australia.
Paine suggests that England’s preference for fast, flat pitches did not work in their favor and that they will need to adjust their game plan. The second Test match will be played on a green wicket, which should benefit Anderson and Broad but may pose a challenge for England’s batsmen. Paine is confident that Australia’s depth and ability to adapt to any situation will give them an advantage in the series. He also notes that England relies too heavily on a few key players and struggles to face Pat Cummins for extended periods.