Khawaja - My hard work overlooked

12 October 2018 21:26:54 GMTPlus10

Usman Khawaja says the hard work he put in to help Australia earn a draw in the first Test against Pakistan was in no way a new approach for him.

The 31-year-old has attracted some scrutiny over his record in Asian conditions, and his batting style.

Critics who have regarded him as a lazy batsman have been wide of the mark though, he insists, and the way he dug in in Dubai to help save the Test was indicative of his work ethic.

He ground out the second-longest innings ever in the fourth innings of a Test, facing 302 balls for his 141.

Khawaja spent eight hours and 44 minutes at the crease and notched his first century in Asia as Australia - chasing a world-record 462 to win - finished on 8-362.

"People think because of my relaxed nature ... that I've been gifted to be able to get to where I am," he said. "But it's not the case at all.

"I've worked my absolute backside off for the last 10 years and really worked as hard as I can in different conditions like this and in England and other places.

"People overlook that sort of stuff; you don't get to play at the highest level without putting in the hard yards."

Khawaja said he'd coped well with batting for almost 13 hours during the Test in temperatures in the high 30s, other than for a spell before tea during the first innings.

He'd scored a determined 85 in that innings, combining with Aaron Finch for a 137-run opening partnership.

But he said he'd been "withering" at one stage and asking for God to get the sun down and provide some shade.

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