While this Ashes became the first series since 1972 which ended in a draw, Paine was pleased with the brand of cricket that was on display during the series. @AFP

England thumped Australia by 135 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test and squared the series 2-2 at the Oval on Sunday.

While Australia had retained the Ashes following their win in the fourth Test, skipper Tim Paine rued Australia’s failure to take their chances but said that retaining the Ashes in England remains a huge deal.

“I have got a couple of regrets. We didn’t take our chances. Our bowlers did well. Feeling sorry for them. We need to do better than what we did in this game,” said Paine.

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“No doubt today was a bit of a dampener. To come to England and retain the Ashes was still huge, something which hasn’t been done in 18 years,” added Paine.

The side under Paine became the first Australian side to have retained the Ashes on the English soil since 2001. While this Ashes became the first series since 1972 which ended in a draw, Paine was pleased with the brand of cricket that was on display during the series.

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“Joe (Root) and his team will agree that we have played some competitive cricket. We saw today that a bunch of competitive cricketers tried to go one up on each other. The way Wade applied himself was fantastic. He walks the talk,” said Paine.

Paine, who said that he is enjoying the job of leading the side, also highlighted that he still has some cricket left in him.

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“I am loving the job I have been given. I feel I have a little bit of cricket left in this old body. Both the sides will be very proud. We spoke ahead of the series that this would be a chance to make some memorable memories. We love playing in front of the England fans,” concluded Paine.