Test captain Tim Paine believes that with his pace attack and Steve Smith on the side, Australia has the potential to be the toughest team to beat in the world.
While the final ash test with 135 victories allowed England to smooth out the fiercely contested series on Sunday, September 15, Australia was able to keep the ashes for the next two and a half years, a feat no Australian team has achieved since 2001 Has.
“We wanted to take the urn home,” Paine said after the end of the series. This game makes it a bit wetter, but overall, if you’d said we’d take her [the ashes] home, we would have jumped over it. “
Australia’s success in the series was led by former captain Steve Smith, who returned to Test Cricket after a one-year break. He collected 774 runs in seven innings with an impressive average of 110.57. The team also led the bowling charts, with Pat Cummins finishing as the best wicket-taker with 29 headsets in five games. Paine felt that the team would be greatly improved if the rest of the occupation offered them more support – and he saw this as his “unfinished business.”
“Steve had a great show and won some tests himself, but we have a few parts to improve,” he said. “All in all, we had a lot of good moments in a country where Australia has not been so successful for a long time, and we can be proud of that.
“I have a little more to give but we’re always trying to develop more leaders in our group and there is unfinished business – it’s about getting better, if we can turn them on, if he [Smith] In the next few years, with his strength and pace attack, we will be a hard-to-beat team, “he said.
Smith, who was Australia’s player in the series, was pleased with his return and described how his century set the tone for the rest of the series in the first innings of the first ash test. Smith beat 144 in the Edgbaston Test, which Australia won with 251 runs.
“The first inning was my favourite inning of the whole series,” said Smith. “The first test is always important in an Ashes series, and to get the team out of trouble gave me the certainty that I can get back in and perform right away.”
“It took a long 18 months [between tests], and I have many people to thank for, I have given everything while I’ve been here for the past four and a half months, but I have not.” I do not have much to give today.
“I was mentally and physically pretty cooked and looking forward to a few weeks break and the Australian summer,” he added.