Australia emerged victorious in the first Ashes Test against England, securing a two-wicket win at Edgbaston on Tuesday. Captain Pat Cummins played a crucial role in rescuing Australia from a challenging situation, forming an unbeaten partnership of 55 runs with Nathan Lyon, the tenth batsman, to guide their team to a memorable victory while chasing a target of 281 runs on the final day. Despite the triumph, there were discussions surrounding the playing styles of both teams. England adopted an aggressive approach from the beginning, while some fans and former cricketers criticized Cummins for being somewhat defensive in his captaincy decisions.

Nonetheless, former Australia captain Tim Paine, who has previously captained Cummins, disregarded such opinions and asserted that both teams played to their respective strengths. Paine also highlighted the existence of double standards in the narratives surrounding the two teams.

“I expected the game to unfold pretty much as it did. Australia’s field placements can be seen as slightly defensive, but I think they were no different from Ben Stokes and England, who also implement unconventional fielding arrangements. When England does it, it’s considered genius, but when Australia places a couple of fielders on the boundary, it’s labeled defensive. Both teams had clear strategies, whether focused on attack or defense,” Paine expressed during an interview on the SEN podcast ‘Whateley’.