History driving Aussie motivation for fifth Test success
Paine identifies huge importance of Oval Test as tourists look to seal retaining of Ashes with series success
Sam Ferris in London
11 September 2019, 05:00 PM AEST
Despite retaining the Ashes at Old Trafford, Australia captain Tim Paine has made it crystal clear the fifth Test at The Oval remains "one of the biggest Test matches" his team will play.
Australia's 185-run win in Manchester earned the tourists a 2-1 series advantage with one match to go, ensuring they would keep the Ashes urn they won on home soil in 2017-18.
But it is history Paine's charges are also chasing.
The last Australian touring party to win an Ashes series in England was in 2001, when Steve Waugh's side won 4-1 to extend Australia's dominance over their oldest rivals to 12 years.
But since then, four squads and two captains have traveled to the UK and returned home empty-handed.
It is why Australia's celebrations after the fourth Test win were thoroughly enjoyed but ultimately restrained, to the extent where coach Justin Langer gave the night a 2/10 on the scale of Test celebrations he's been involved in.
The upbeat Australians trained with high intensity on Tuesday as the selectors wait to make a call on the final XI, with the fatigue levels of the pace attack front of mind.
While Paine will be heading home with urn in tow, he says Australia's Test squad arrived in the UK with one goal.
"We came here to win the Ashes," Paine said. "We didn't come here to retain them.
"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.
"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.
"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."
Reinforcing Paine's view was his coach Langer, who said Australia rightly celebrated the victory in Manchester but have unfinished business to take care of in the nation's capital.
"When you have a good day, you have to celebrate it as long as you move on and get ready for the next one," Langer said.
"We've said the whole time, I've said it since day one, we're here to win the Ashes.
"So whilst the other day was a great experience, we have still go some business to do."
2019 Qantas Ashes Tour of England
Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.
England squad: Joe Root (c), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes (vc), Chris Woakes.
First Test: Australia won by 251 runs at Edgbaston
Second Test: Match drawn at Lord's
Third Test: England won by one wicket at Headingley
Fourth Test: Australia won by 185 runs at Old Trafford
Fifth Test: September 12-16, The Oval