Tim ensures a Paine-ful loss

ENGLAND will be looking to avoid a humiliating series whitewash at the Riverside on Sunday after slumping to another heavy defeat by Australia at Trent Bridge yesterday.<br /><br />Wicketkeeper Tim Paine struck 111 in a 163-run stand with Mike Hussey to help the tourists close on an imposing 296-8. Indeed, it proved too much for shambolic England who never recovered from losing captain Andrew Strauss to the second ball of the innings, eventually being dismissed for 185 with tail-ender Tim Bresnan top scoring on 31.<br /><br />Victory in Durham on Sunday would hand the tourists a 7-0 series success &ndash; a feat which has never before happened in international cricket.<br /><br />And unless Strauss&rsquo; men can dig themselves out of this mess and somehow salvage something for the final match, then next week&rsquo;s Champions Trophy campaign looks set to end in more doom and gloom.<br /><br />England&rsquo;s abject display was encapsulated by two run-outs in the space of six balls after Australian captain Ricky Ponting scored two direct hits to see off Matt Prior and Bopara.<br /><br />Strauss has been England&rsquo;s most prolific batsman by far this series but he was unfortunate to be caught behind off a Brett Lee delivery which brushed the outside of his shoulder.<br /><br />Sadly, England never recovered despite Bresnan&rsquo;s late swansong, although it would have taken a mighty effort to take the plaudits away from Paine, whose 148-ball knock, including 14 fours and six, was worthy of winning any match.<br /><br />Hussey chipped in with 65, while Cameron White (35) and James Hopes (38) piled on enough middle order runs to ensure James Anderson&rsquo;s 4-55 accounted for nothing.<br /><br />&ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t good enough,&rdquo; a disappointed Strauss said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re not going to make any excuses. The confidence has eroded from all our batsmen.&rdquo; <br />