Hell of an effort by the boys to deny Pakistan victory in the first test. For most of the match Pakistan were clearly on top and by the time each side had batted their seemed to be only one team that could win it.
Set a hugely improbable target on a wearing Asian pitch Australia looked to be long odds to survive. But in the 2nd innings they showed something that has been missing under such circumstances for quite some time...and that was genuine determination (and fight).
Khawaja was the standout. His track record outside of Australia is extremely modest (to be generous) and in Asia it's shocking. Personally I have never really been a Khawaja fan. There has never been any doubting his talent but he has given a lot of reasons to doubt his maturity and determination. In this test however he was a picture of concentration and his 2nd innings knock will live long in the memory. He showed the sort of steely determination that was a trademark of his new coach. Hopefully his performances in this test signal a turning point for Khawaja. Hopefully he fulfills his undoubted talent.