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Australia’s Tim Paine hails Ashes hero Steve Smith

Australia’s Tim Paine hails Ashes hero Steve Smith

A shoulder injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes means he will play as a specialist batsman only in the final Test.

England have made two changes with Sam Curran and Chris Woakes replacing Jason Roy and Craig Overton.

There was some irony to Marsh taking Head's place, since Head had himself replaced Marsh as one of the team's vice-captains in January. the deputy leadership has been thrown around like a touch football over the past year, pin-balling between Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, Head and Pat Cummins.

"We had to make a really tough call on someone and it happened to be him". It has lifted his career Test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who is widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.

Tim Paine, with former captain Steve Waugh as mentor, is hoping to become the first Australian skipper to win an Ashes series on English soil since 2001.

"Experience tells you when you're doing well, people try and pick holes in you", Langer said.

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Root's captaincy, and his form, has come under the spotlight but he sounded an upbeat tone as he looked forward to trying to level the series.

The obvious conclusion was that he was unkindly parodying England's Jack Leach, though Australia coach Langer insists Smith was mimicking Chris Rogers - who last played for Australia in 2015.

"We've not lost anything yet", he said. "I know he's got some strong goals for this series and moving forward". "I want to win this game, use this game as a stepping stone and move forward as a group". "Of course, we're disappointed not to win the Ashes back but we're fully focused on making sure that we do everything we can to finish the series 2-2". It's been a tough year for batting on both sides. "I've not performed how I would have liked but that's part and parcel of test cricket".

"This is our grand final".

"We've already spoken a lot about it (the final Test)", Paine said Wednesday on the eve of the match. Petter Siddle feels that Smith had the last laugh following a stunning victory to retain Ashes. Explaining the selection of Marsh, he said: "Bringing in Marsh will ease a little bit of the workload on the bowlers at the end of a long series".