Ashes 2019: Tim Paine feels he has ‘unfinished business’ as Test captain after drawn series

Tim Paine led Australia retained the urn in England after 18 years, (Reuters Photo)

Despite retaining the Ashes, Australia skipper Tim Paine believes that the team has some learning to do and they need to implement improvement in certain areas.

His remarks came after the loss in the fifth and final Test by 135 runs against England. Despite the loss, Australia retained the Ashes as the series ended in a 2-2 draw.

“I think we’ve got some improvement, some learning to do, and that’s a great thing for us.”

Paine also admitted that there’s a little bit of unfinished business with the team although he is loving the job he has got at the moment.

“I didn’t see it as a beginning or see it as an option all that long ago. As I said before this Test match, I’m loving the job I’ve got at the moment. I feel like there’s a little bit of unfinished business with this team and where we’re heading.

“I feel like I’ve got a little bit of cricket left in this old body, but I’m not looking too far down the track to when exactly that is.”

Paine, who became only the second Australian captain to lose an Ashes Test in England after winning the toss and choosing to bowl after Ricky Ponting, said that his team should have emerged victorious after winning the toss at The Oval.

“I can’t read a pitch that well,” he said. “We’re trying to get to the stage where the toss isn’t that important to us. You’ve got to win games of cricket when you lose a toss, and whether you bat or bowl first is a bit irrelevant.”

The last series which ended as a draw between England and Australia was in 1972. The series was hosted by England.

After being set a target of 399, Australia was bundled out for 263 runs in the final innings. Matthew Wade was the top-scorer for Aussies as he played a knock of 117 runs whereas Stuart Broad scalped four wickets for England.