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Australia’s Tim Paine plays down on-field comments to England’s Ben Stokes


Australia captain Tim Paine denied his side’d allowed sledging go too far as England laid the bases for an Ashes-levelling success in the last Test.
England batted throughout day three as when they restart on 313-8, they piled up a towering lead of 382 at The Oval, and also will seem to extend that 400.
The tourists attempted to unsettle the hosts with Matthew Wade apparently to the end, using a flow of chatter in a morning session that was tense, along with the stump microphone picked attempts to end up Ben Stokes during his combative knock of 67.
The England all-rounder missed the Ashes series Down Under after his arrest for a night scuffle at Bristol – an episode that finally led to his acquittal – along with references to the city were audible in the close fielders.
Paine was introduced into captain his country in an attempt to wash Australia’s reputation and run following the sandpaper scandal and didn’t take kindly to suggestions.
“You let me. It’s aggressive Test cricket and folks are going to speak to each other,” he said.
“I don’t know why it is such an issue. It’s fine. They’re grown men no one is swearing, no-one is abusing anyone: it is Test match cricket and that I do not understand why a lot is made of something little, particularly given the caliber of cricket.
“I believe there is much more to discuss. I think both sides have played this series in good spirit.”
Joe Denly was out in the middle for more than any other batsman since he underpinned the England innings using a career-best innings of 94, and he declined to fan the flames any farther.
“I did not hear anything about Bristol but if Ben comes into the crease, the type of player he is, they’re going to try and unsettle him,” he said.
“Stokesy deals with this pretty well. There is definitely going to be a bit of niggle but nothing within the lineup, just a bit of friendly banter.”
Denly has experienced a couple of days that are memorable, having become a father for the second time in between the first and second of this match. To follow that news up with a performance of grit and substance at his final look of summer left him content and amazingly well rested.
“I had an excellent last night since I stayed at the hotel and got about 10 hours! The previous night I just had about three hours so I grabbed up,” he said.
“I missed the arrival of my child – he came three months early and I had been playing Derby, the midwife said’do not hurry’ so that I did not! I hit on traffic and missed it by about 5 minutes. Therefore it was good to get there and see my girl come into the world. It’s been a fairly special few days.
“It would have been nice to get to the landmark having worked so hard but I would probably take it, yeah. England are in a really strong position going into day four and we get a few more runs and set them under pressure.”
See live coverage from day four of the fifth Test on Sky Sports The Ashes, by 10.30am on Sunday.
Follow over-by-over comment and in-play clips on skysports.com along with the Sky Sports App.

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