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Aussies out to win Ashes, not retain them

Aussies out to win Ashes, not retain them Photo: TT
Australia's Tim Paine during nets

Australia captain Tim Paine has declared his side’s intent to round out the 2019 Ashes with a series victory.

The tourists lead the series 2-1 after four Tests ahead of the fifth Test at the Oval starting on Thursday.

Australia ensured they would retain the Ashes with the fourth Test triumph at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Paine quickly brushed away any suggestions the visitors may relax, with talk of resting players, confirming they are after a series victory to cap off a remarkable Ashes.

“We came here to win the Ashes. We didn’t come here to retain them,” Paine said.

“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.”

Paine confirmed Australia would chase victory, not settle for a draw, with the aim of a 3-1 series triumph.

“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,” he said.

“It won’t be the same for us. This Test match is huge. There’s also the Test Championship now which is really important.

“There’s no such thing as dead rubbers and certainly against England there’s never a dead rubber.

“We’re up for it. We’re ready to go.”

Australia’s line-up remains unclear with it’s expected opener David Warner will get another chance despite his modest series.

Quick Patrick Cummins could be rested but he is the top wicket-taker this series and unlikely to willingly sit out.

Ben somerford
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