We came here to win Ashes, not retain them: Paine
Australia might have retained the Ashes urn but the team skipper is still focussed on winning the fifth and final Test which starts at The Oval on September 12 as it will give them the much-needed points to stay strong in the ICC World Test Championship table.
Tim Paine’s intentions are quite clear now as he wants his team to finish the tour with a series win. He conceded that there is a difference between retaining the Ashes and winning it. “We came here to win the Ashes. We didn’t come here to retain them,” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying.
Australia clinched a mammoth 185-run victory in the fourth Ashes Test match against England and retained the Ashes as the series stands 2-1.
Tim Paine who deserves a certificate of excellence for his captaincy has said they are going to approach fifth Ashes Test match as ‘one of the biggest Test matches’ they are going to play.
“It’s nice that we have retained them already going into this Test match but one of the reasons we’re waiting on making a call on our team and the best makeup of it and what’s right for the players is because we see this as one of the biggest Test matches we’re going to play,” he said.
“We want to be here at the end of this Test as a winning team that’s won the Test match, won the series and hold that urn up rather than let it peter out to a draw or a loss,” Paine added.