Tim Paine has pledged there will be no let-up out of Australia, calling the Oval Test their”grand final” because they seem to win the Ashes outright.
Australia kept the urn having a 185-run success with the triumph shifting them 2-1 up with one to play, at Old Trafford in the fourth Test with.
Paine’s guys will turn into the initial Australia side to win a Test series in England since 2001 when they avoid defeat on Thursday from 10am.
“We are extremely hungry – we have spoken a lot about it. We came here to win the Ashes not only keep them,” said the Australia captain.
“A week’s result was fantastic and we performed very well but most of the guys are totally aware that this Evaluation is bigger. It is our closing. We need this Evaluation as far.
“We need to stick to what we are doing and when we do this then I think we’ll soon be right in the mix”
Paine’s England counterpart, Joe Root, has come under scrutiny, after now presiding over two Ashes series in.
The form with the bat of root has dipped, he averages just 30 from Australia this summer and has endured three ducks.
Paine insists he takes no pleasure in watching his number saying he understands he feels after he copped some flak at Headingley after Australia’s third-Test defeat.
“Not actually. It doesn’t have any impact on people,” Paine said when asked if he took delight in Imperial’s struggles. “A week is quite a while in cricket – it had been the same for me [after Headingley].
“Root is a fantastic cricketer – that averages close to 50 so that I do not get sometimes why he is under so much scrutiny.
“We know how competitive he is, how great he is we know he’ll come hard and look to bounce back. He’s a huge wicket for us, like he always is.”
34, paine, also says he is not thinking about standing as Australia captain anytime soon.
“I am enjoying what I’m doing and that I can continue to lead in some way I’ll continue to do it,” said the Tasmanian, that took over the role this past year in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“I constantly speak to [trainer ] Justin Langer and [chairman of selectors] Trevor Hohns about what could happen, or how long that I might opt for, but I think we’re all comfy and we’re all on exactly the exact same page, therefore it’s all good.”
Paine was recalled for the 2017/18 Ashes, which Australia won 4-0 in the home, having left his past four Test looks in 2010 – two against Pakistan and two versus India as wicketkeeper.
“I did miss a good deal, I suppose, in the prime years of my cricket career. The positive of this today is that physically I’m in very good condition for the age,” added Paine, who will play his 26th Test at The Oval this week.
“I’m really good after Exam matches physically. It’s a story that is different but it requires a day to recuperate from that.
“While I keep enjoying it, I will keep doing this.”
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