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From Amy Lofthouse
BBC Sport at The Oval
Australia have”unfinished business” and will”always improve,” says captain Tim Paine, after the drawn Ashes series ensured that the tourists chose the urn home.
England won refuse Australia a primary series victory in England and the fifth and final Test at The Oval by 135 runs to draw the series 2-2.
Paine said the series wasn’t”an ending” because of his captaincy and he had”a little bit to give in that area”.
“The urn is exactly what we came to have,” he advised Test Match Special.
“We knew the rules around the Ashes and also a draw is great enough.
“I think there is lots of advancement in this facet. There is always things we could get and there is always company we can attend .
“I’m excited about a little bit more.”
Summer, paine was appointed Australia captain in the aftermath of this ball-tampering scandal at March 2018 and oversaw the home of last year.
Asked about the way the group had turned around as the events in South Africa, Paine stated:”It began before this Ashes series. It had been there ahead of the World Cup in the lead-up.
“From where we have come , to create a World Cup semi-final and keep the Ashes is still a really major achievement from what this group has been through.”
Batsman Steve Smith won the Compton-Miller trophy for his astonishing series that saw him score 774 runs at 110.57.
After serving a year old ban for his function in the affair that was ball-tampering, smith returned to Test cricket and has been booed throughout the opening stages of the series.
But he had been given a standing ovation from the audience at The Oval after his wicket was maintained by England to the final time.
“I noticed that I got applause. It was a wonderful reception now, I have and it meant a lot.
“The series has ebbed and flowed. I have loved every moment and I am really proud of the way I have been in a position to functionality for Australia and also to deliver the urn home.
“You always want to get better as a player. Keep working hard and nothing is ever too much”
Smith also thanked Dani, his wife, along with his family for their support through a tough few years.
“It’s our first wedding anniversary now. She would hate me if I did not mention that,” Smith stated in his post-match news conference.
“The support she’s given me over here, I can not thank her enough.”
Paine added that the experience in England of keeping the Ashes would be something he’d”never forget”.
“I did not think I would still do it [that the captaincy], in all honesty,” he further added.
“I am blessed to be in the place I am in.”
Australia leave England together using the world’s number one batsman in Smith Pat Cummins, and number one bowler.
However their batting has fought – with the exception of Marnus and Smith Labuschagne, their best and middle order haven’t contributed.
David Warner finishes the series with 95 runs from 10 Test innings – the lowest yield for virtually any opener in a five Test series – and Australia have tried two openers in Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris, neither of whom have particularly impressed.
The tour was bookended by matthew Wade centuries but there are concerns over Travis Head, Usman Khawaja along with Warner.
Australia will leave about not being able to close out a series win at The Oval.
“Tim Paine is going to have a few questions relating to this toss,” former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath said, after Paine opted to bowl first on a great batting track.
“England acquired a lot out of this last Evaluation and 2-2 is not too way off the mark”
Analysis and view from the BBC’s cricket correspondent.
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