Paine tells of his Ashes dream

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

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.

SCORE­CARD

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.

Tim Paine

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