Paine tells of his Ashes dream
Manchester: Ant Australia captain Tim Paine says winning the Ashes in England was “his dream as a cricketer” after his side retained the urn at Old Trafford. Australia beat England by 185 runs in a finalday thriller to take an unassailable 2-1 series lead. Paine said his side had shown “great character” to recover from the 2018 ball-tampering scandal and win in England for the first time since 2001. “People can give up or they can keep fighting,” Paine said.
“It’s times like that where you find out what sort of people you’ve got. I’m really proud to be in the position I’m in and even prouder of our group and our staff and where we’ve come from.” Australia will head to The Oval for Thursday’s final Test searching for a first series win in England for 18 years.
Australia faced some stubborn resistance from England on the final day at Old Trafford, with the hosts needed to bat all day to save their Ashes campaign.
Joe Denly made 53, while Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler showed defiance, as well as a brave ninth-wicket stand between Craig Overton and Jack Leach. However, Josh Hazlewood claimed the final wicket of Overton to ensure the Ashes will return to Australia.
Paine was appointed Test captain in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
The 34-year-old made his Test debut in 2010 but a persistent finger injury limited his international appearances and he considered retirement before being recalled to the Test side in 2017.
“I didn’t think it would be this emotional,” Paine told Test Match Special.
Australia 497-8 dec (Smith 211) & 186-6 dec (Smith 82); England 301 (Burns 81, Root 71) & 197 (Cummins 4-43); Australia won by 185 runs & retain Ashes.