'We're here to win!' - Paine not happy celebrating a draw

Australia's celebrations after drawing with Pakistan concerned captain Tim Paine, who insists his side intends to win the series.

Published : Oct 15, 2018 15:23 IST

Australia captain Tim Paine after the draw with Pakistan.
Australia captain Tim Paine after the draw with Pakistan.

Australia captain Tim Paine after the draw with Pakistan.

Tim Paine explained why he instructed his Australia team to calm its celebrations after drawing with Pakistan, insisting ahead of the second Test that "we're here to win".

Australia was set a hugely unlikely target of 462 to win the opening contest and only had seven wickets remaining on the final day in Dubai, but a gutsy performance saw it scrap for a magnificent draw.

But Australia captain Paine was a little concerned by the celebrations he saw coming from his team's viewing area, urging them to not to go overboard after a drawn match in which Pakistan had complete control for a time. Paine recalled former England captain Michael Vaughan's thoughts on seeing opponents delighted with a stalemate, believing it sent the wrong message ahead of the next match.

"Just when I saw a little bit of [the celebrations] spilling out the door, I remembered the 'Forged In Fire' [documentary] we watched last year during the Ashes," Paine said.

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"Michael Vaughan said after one of the Tests that he felt, as an opposition captain, they had them when he saw them celebrating a draw. I've seen that myself before. I think we were clearly pretty excited by what we've been able to achieve, because it doesn't happen too much, but you've got to keep a bit of perspective on it and realise that we had been outplayed, particularly over the first few days.

"While it was great we did fight back, a draw is a draw and we're here to win."

Australia will take confidence into the second Test, but Paine acknowledges that the match may well play out in a similar manner.

"The fact that guys in the second innings saw that their plans worked over here - you never know until you go out into a Test match - they will take a lot of confidence from that," he said. "As a team, we'll take a fair bit of momentum out of it.

"But we spoke again about the need to turn up in the next couple of days and get our minds around the fact that it's going to be a real battle again for five days.

"That's how cricket is played over here. This will be nothing different."

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