The salvation of Australia in the desert was more than two hours away when coach Justin Langer felt that the team had earned the respect for fighting so hard. At the end of a memorable day in Dubai, Langer estimated that Usman Khawaja's performance, which has led him to the top ten of the test rankings for the first time, Tim Paine and his collective not accepted have entered the same career change. territory that he once shared with Adam Gilchrist.
Hobart 1999, and a successful pursuit of 369 after being 5 for 126 against Pakistan, has always been a key part of Langer's story, and revealed that he had invoked that performance when speaking with the team before it began. the fifth day. "In fact, I talked about that test game this morning with the guys before the game," Langer said later. "And I remember that test match because it was against Pakistan, obviously, and there was a personal participation, but what was important for some people in that game, but the most important thing was for the team."
"We felt that if we could win From there, I could win from anywhere. So that we can draw from where we have been throughout this game, it will be a great reinforcement of confidence to help us form this team. And at that time when we won 16 consecutive test matches. Now I'm not saying that this team is going to do that obviously, but what I'm saying is that it was a great confidence reinforcement back then and I have no doubt for this young team and a very young captain who is a reinforcement for them and never underestimate how victories like that, even though it was a draw, what a significant event it can be to form a team.
"I am very proud of the boys, in fact, I said at tea time, no matter what happens in the last two hours I was very proud of the way the boys fought. and we will try to make the Australians proud of us again, and I think it was an incredible ending for us to get the draw but the way the guys fought was brilliant, I thought that, in addition to the crazy hours we lost 10-60, I thought the guys fought and worked so hard throughout the game, it was a great performance. "
Langer spoke with great pride about the way Khawaja had acted, losing seven kilos from South Africa. I toured a tour and committed completely to the new trainer regime, before putting a master class in batting against the spinning ball and inverse swing in two inputs, the second behind the only epic Wanderers of Michael Atherton in 1995, between the fourth longest entries ever played. 19659002] "I have so much admiration for Uzzie, look at him, he's really got himself really fit to hit in these conditions and doing what he has done is a great credit to him, but also to defeat the demons, people have talked about if he can play bowling, "Langer said.
"I never had the slightest doubt that Usman Khawaja could play bowling, and it's great to see him get the benefits of the Australian A tour and then the work he has done to reward him for all the work he has done. It's huge for him, undoubtedly he's done some great things in Test cricket, but when you have a chance like he had at that moment and a game in reality, not only that possibility, but the first possibility was brilliant too
"Never underestimate how that can take you to a higher level in your career. I have a great, I've always had, as a player, but a great admiration for what he has done in the last six months. He has done well, he has made races in county cricket, he runs in Australia. A cricket has now had two brilliant entries in Test cricket. He is doing exactly what we are asking of all hitters in Australia. Be a good person, be super fit and mark many races. It is a great credit. for him who is doing that.
"Like a high-level Australian player, there is always a great expectation in him, but he has accepted it, has not he? He has embraced him very well and is another great example of untitled leadership. senior player, he has played the most tests in the Australian team at this time, in addition to Nathan … and he does not have a "c & # 39; c & # 39; vc & # 39; vc & # 39; next to his name but he is providing a massive leadership to the group for all that he is doing inside and outside the cricket field. "He is so calm, he has a good temperament, he is leading by example in his preparation, he is leading by example in his performance and that's the leadership we're talking about. "
A significant moment in the match involved both Khawaja and Langer , since they shared tips with the other lefties of the team in the middle of the third night, just over an hour after Australia lost 10 by 60 in the first innings. Langer explained this "left-handed convention" as a moment of instruction, but also among what he called a different race. The effects were seen in particular for debutant Travis Head, who went from a nervous duck in the first innings to a critical 72 with Khawaja in the second.
"I'm a hitting tragic, I love it, I have a hitting coach, Hicky (Graeme Hick), he's a great guy, but from time to time I like to get my hands dirty, I love talking about hitters and especially left-handers "We are a different race, left-handed, we have to get attention that way … but anyway … but we recognize that you must have a game plan. Under these conditions, one of the things to hit As a left-hander, there are always problems there and you have to deal with the problem, whether it's a left-arm turntable or a leggie or even a cornerback who tries to tempt us to drive, so you have to have a game plan.
"One thing that all the great players will tell you to play anywhere, you have to have a game plan. So we just talked about what our game plans can be. Recognize that the rough one is going to play a role in the game and then discover how you are going to play it. Travis Head's tickets in the second innings were brilliant. The way he is developing, I think he has a great future in Australian cricket. . The way he used his feet from one side to the other, the way he won by getting a duck in the first innings and then getting 70 points.
"That takes a lot of courage from what he did and also from playing his game, he's a very aggressive player, he's also improving his defense, so that's the kind of thing we're talking about, and then having Uzzie out there and Shaun Marsh, who has played a lot of cricket, just a few good hitters, the left-handed convention, the bowlers have their sign or whatever they call themselves, Damien Fleming and all these clowns. Same bulls, and we were having a small left-handed convention, that's all we were doing … "
Naturally, too, Langer spoke of the difference this result would make in the way that the Australian team was received in home, after having performed a rescue operation that meant that, for the first time in 2018, it was the subject of a conversation that was enthusiastic rather than mocking.
"Whether we win or lose, we have to continue to make Australians proud of how we run our business, I said it from the first day and I really mean it," he said. the field was outstanding throughout this game, the spirit between Australia and Pakistan was outstanding throughout the game, the way we kept fighting was outstanding throughout the game and then holding on like we did.
Australians love a fighter and Australians love the weakest, so I hope we put smiles, we have many fans at home I hope they put smiles on their faces because that is very important for Australian cricket now that we do it. There has been a lot of talk about how we play in the subcontinent, which is fair and also our batting collapses.
"I knew we had a great preparation and I knew that there is a brilliant spirit in the team, it's very quiet there right now, so to see that, it really was deflated for all of us, when we had that collapse, literally, It was deflating because the things where I believe in great teams, the preparation and the camaraderie were there, and then we have a performance like that and we all started to question where we are, then see how the guys put that preparation in practice throughout the game, but particularly that second possibility is a great recognition for all of them. "