Usman Khawaja

Upon completing his batting masterpiece, the second longest fourth entry in the history of all the Tests, Usman Khawaja declared it as proof that he was as hard a worker as anyone, having fought against the perceptions of laziness and weakness in Asian conditions during the course. of an Australian race that began in January 2011.

When Australia captain Tim Paine smiled alongside him, Khawaja stated that the thrill of his century celebration was to break a significant barrier in terms of his record in Asia , where he had never previously passed 30 before a double of 85 and 141 in this match, and also those of many who had misjudged him. It was hard to escape the importance of Khawaja coming to a chance of undoubted greatness in his first test with Justin Langer as coach, and also the first as the team's most veteran hitter.

"Yes, there was definitely something there, I admit it." Most of the time it was almost one hundred for Australia. On the last day of a game, you try to save a game, "Khawaja said." A lot of work is spent playing cricket at the highest level, I have worked as hard as anyone, I have worked tirelessly for the last 10 years of cricket first class, day after day. People think because my relaxed nature is not the case, I have been given the gift of being able to get where I am, but it is not like that at all.

"I've been working tirelessly for the past 10 years and I really worked as hard as I could in different conditions like this and in England and elsewhere … That kind of thing is … people overlook that sort of thing and you can not play at the highest level without putting hard courts in. There's no secret to success, it's about hard work, I'm grateful to be playing for Australia and getting a hundred for Australia. "

Talking about the impact of Langer, Khawaja spoke cordially about the former batter's taste for frank and detailed conversations about the game. "I think JL fits in. It's always difficult for a new coach to come in. Boof [Darren Lehmann] was there for so long, "he said." I think JL is an extremely good communicator, you know when he talks about cricket, he's very passionate and he just wants the best for everyone. "

" When you talk about cricket, you know that It comes from a good place. You can talk to him about the game. and you can express your opinions and he will not take it seriously, and he does the same. Obviously, it's just a test that has happened so far, but I think it instills a lot of belief in men as a team in general. . And he has been there and he has done it, obviously, so you calm down a lot. "

The key to Khawaja's recent history has been a concerted effort to improve his physical condition, dropping 7 kg since the fateful tour of South Africa and showing their resilience in a match in which they spent only a fraction of their five days off the field. "In those first innings, he hit 85 and it was as difficult as any other inning he played. I was drenched, "Khawaja said." I left the field with sweat through my shirt. My shirt was soaked and my pants soaked. That took away a little.

"That got me out, I never had a chance like that, just trying to hit really." I felt pretty good most of the time until we got to the second session with an hour before tea, then I was I was just asking God to put on the sun so we could get some shade in. We got to the locker room and it felt good again after I got there and then it got a little cooler. enjoying hitting around and enjoying a few alliances with the guys and playing cricket for Australia, it's what you dream of doing.

"Not yet [sunk in]. If it will, not yet. I am happier to be where we were. Possibly we had the opportunity to follow him at one o'clock. Stage and, understandably, they returned to bat, gave a little rest to their bowlers and then came back out. Just to hit for so long in Asia and much less … it's a bit different than in the Gabba, it's probably better ground on the fifth day. "A lot of credit for a lot of the guys, it shows a lot of guts, it shows a lot of courage to do something like that, let's hope we can take that to the next game."

Tim Paine and Justin Langer pose during a portrait shoot Getty Images

For Paine, the experience could not have been more different than his first test as captain, a hideout at the hands of South Africa in n Johannesburg. "Probably not, not in these circumstances, coming from where we came from our collapse on day three," Paine said when asked if he had had a more proud moment in the game. "Really very proud of our whole group, how they adhered to their plans, they kept up and were extremely proud of Usman, one of the great test entries.

" We always want to play cricket well, there's no doubt . I was really proud of the way we were keeping an eye out, we talked about pre-series about the need to really fight here and show real patience. That is exactly the cricket brand we want to play. We know that to be a good team we must first be hard to beat. That's one of the things JL talked about and we had the opportunity to do today, and we're really proud of our whole group, the way they did it, the way they applied today.

"It's one thing to talk about that, it's another thing to do it after having a 10-by-60 collapse. That can shake some people's beliefs. Give all our staff credit for keeping the kids together and thinking with We never lost hope that we could do that today, there were probably times when it was a dream, we just fought, dug and played a mark that the Australian cricket team wants to play. "

Regarding the last moments of a day of anguish, when Australia sought so much time to feel comfortable in the task of saving the game before suddenly finding itself with only two windows in hand to face the last 12 shots, Paine said that he and Nathan Lyon had tried to keep their composure chatting about anything other than cricket.

"We were both a little nervous Ous, there's no doubt about that, I felt in a really good space when I was hitting with Uz, I just have some kind of association, but when the windows started to fall and the closures were closing It was a nervous feeling, "he said." Lyono and I were talking, because our families are not here at the moment and the rest of the family, the guys are – we were just going down to the team room tonight and see some episodes of The Inbetweeners .

"That's what got Lyono finished, so I just went with him. Apparently tonight we are going to order a pizza, we go down to the team room and we put Inbetweeners. That is our reward. That's what helped us overcome the last six or seven last. It is certainly [still the plan]. It will be a different one. for Lyono after a test match, that's for sure. We do not have a long answer, so it will be quiet tonight. "

For his part, he is a spectator during the last moments of a match in which He had contributed so much that it was a torture for Khawaja. "He said." All the hard work we had done to prepare the game in the last hour, then I left and left Painey with the great task of taking him home.

"I can not deny how difficult the situation is that it's especially when you leave the field, you've done all that work, all you want is just … please go through this." Lyno batted beautifully and Painey batted beautiful at the end, thanks to all the guys that came before, especially Heady [Travis Head] got a very good collaboration in his first test, it was very difficult when he arrived yesterday, but he got over that and played very well. you need if you try to save a match on the last day. "


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