Tim Paine sees a 'very exciting era' for Australian cricket after retaining Ashes against England

Australia skipper Tim Paine reflects on his team's performance in the recently concluded Ashes series against England
Tim Paine sees a 'very exciting era' for Australian cricket after retaining Ashes against England
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Australia skipper Tim Paine has predicted a 'very exciting era' for his side after retaining the Ashes against England. The Ashes series was drawn 2-2, with Australia retaining the Ashes in English soil for the first time in 18 years.

Paine said, "I'm looking forward to Australia seeing how far we've come this summer. Last year we were a bit lost and were finding out way. I know we have found it now and I am confident this group is the beginning of a very exciting era in Australian cricket. We've got the best bowling attack in the world and the basis for a great batting line-up."

The Australian skipper was also all praises for Steve Smith, who scored 774 runs in 7 innings at average of 110.57 and the bowling attack led by pacer Pat Cummins. He called Steve Smith "a freak" while praising Marnus Labuschagne as having "a huge future" ahead of him.   

Tim Paine carried on playing the fifth and final Test of the series despite having a broken thumb.

"My thumb was broken towards the end of that Test but it is not displaced, so I should be right to get back into training early."

On pacer Peter Siddle, Paine said, "He has copped a bit of criticism for not bowling as well as we know he can, but the team knows just how heroic he was. A lot of people wouldn't have bowled again in the match, but he pushed on because he didn't want to leave Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins do extra work."

After a long overseas tour and with five home Tests from November 21, Paine said that he needs to rest and will not take part in the Big Bash League this season.

"Being captain is draining and I think I should take every chance to recharge my batteries."

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