Ashes 2019: Tim Paine says Australia still have unfinished business after drawn series

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By Amy Lofthouse
BBC Sport at The Oval
Australia have”unfinished business” and will”consistently improve,” says captain Tim Paine, following the attracted Ashes series ensured that the tourists chose the urn house.
England won the fifth and final Test at The Oval by 135 runs to draw the series 2-2 and deny Australia a series victory in England since 2001.
Paine said the show was not”a finish” for his captaincy and he had”a little bit to devote that space”.
“The urn is exactly what we came to have,” he advised Test Match Special.
“We knew the principles across the Ashes and also a draw is good enough.
“I still think there’s plenty of improvement in this side. There is always things we could get better and there’s always .
“I’m excited about a tiny bit more.”
Summer paine was appointed Australia captain in the aftermath of this ball-tampering scandal in March 2018 and oversaw last year’s home.
Asked about the way in which the group had turned around because the events from South Africa, Paine stated:”It began before this Ashes series. It had been there ahead of the World Cup at the lead-up.
“From where we have come from, to create a World Cup semi-final and retain the Ashes is a really major achievement from exactly what this team has been through.”
Batsman Steve Smith won the Compton-Miller medal because of his amazing series that saw him score 774 runs in 110.57.
After serving a year old ban for his part in the event that was ball-tampering, smith returned to Test cricket and was heavily booed throughout the opening stages of the set.
After England claimed his wicket to the last 23, however, he had been given a standing ovation by the audience at The Oval.
“I discovered that I got applause. It was a very great reception now, I got and it meant a great deal to have it from the crowd.
“The show has ebbed and flowed. I’ve loved every minute and I’m very proud of how I have been able to performance for Australia and also to bring the urn house.
“You always want to get better as a player. Keep working hard and nothing is too much”
Smith also thanked his family for their support, Dani, and his wife .
“It’s our first wedding anniversary today. She’d hate me if I didn’t mention that,” Smith explained in his post-match news conference.
“The support she’s given me , I can’t thank her enough.”
Paine added the experience in England of retaining the Ashes will be something he’d”never forget”.
“I didn’t think I’d still be doing it [the captaincy], to be honest,” he added.
“I’m blessed to be in the position I’m in.”
Australia leave England using all the world’s number one batsman in Smith and number one bowler, Pat Cummins.
However their batting has fought – with the exclusion of Marnus and Smith Labuschagne, middle order and their top have not contributed.
David Warner ends the series with 95 runs from 10 Test innings – the cheapest yield for virtually any opener in a five Test collection – and Australia have attempted two openers at Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris, neither of whom have particularly impressed.
The excursion was bookended by matthew Wade but there are questions within Travis Head, Usman Khawaja and Warner.
Australia will leave a feeling of disappointment about not having the ability to close a series win.
“Tim Paine is going to have a couple nightmares about this throw,” former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said, after Paine chose to bowl first on a good batting track.
“England acquired a great deal from this previous Evaluation and 2-2 isn’t too much off the mark.”
Analysis and view by the BBC’s cricket correspondent.

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