Australia retained the Ashes title because of the efforts of batsman Steve Smith and bowlers like Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. Though Australians were not able to win the Ashes 2019 as England levelled the series (2-2 margin), Tim Paine became the star of Australia as under his captaincy they first time in 18 years brought back the Ashes from England.
Tim Paine revealed that he and Peter Siddle were suffering from the injuries in the last Test match of Ashes 2019. They played with the pain at the end of the Test.
“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,” Paine was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.”
Tim Paine tagged Peter Siddle as Warrior
Paine shares about the injury of Peter and said he got injured on the first day of the last match of Ashes 2019. His hip was injured but the warrior as tagged by Paine played that entire game. Though he was criticised for his bowling in that Test Series, the team knew how heroic he was, opined Paine.
“Peter Siddle tore a hip flexor bowling on the first morning,” Paine said
“He has copped a bit of criticism for not bowling as well as he knows he can, but the team knows just how heroic he was. A lot of other 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 to do extra work. He’s a warrior, Sidds, and we love him deeply for that,” Paine said praising Siddle.
Further, Paine praised his team’s efforts to receive this big achievement. The accidental captain Tim Paine has registered his name in the history of Ashes.
But both Tim Paine and Peter Siddle have much time to recover as Australia’s next Test is scheduled on November 21.