Australia tour of UAE (v Pakistan)

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Great innings from Usman regardless of the result, first tonne outside of Australia. Should be captain imo.
Asia. He got 140 v NZ in Wellington.

He’s batting out of his crease to Abbas and to everyone else using his feet and getting down to them and straight from the Haydos book sweeping at every chance.

Smart.
 

Sproj

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You mean reverse sweep, never seen anyone reverse sweep so much and so well in a test match.
 

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Great fitness too, always had that sloppy look about him like he was ragged. Since he lost weight he’s sharper and clearer in his actions.
 

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Not too sure if it's Alf's influence but Khawaja was smarter in everything- no lunging forward nice work off the back foot and sweeping. It was just a smart innings.

It was the longest an Australian has batted in the fourth innings beating Langer against Pakistan in '99 in that epic knock in Hobart.
 

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Wow, what an innings from Khawaja. Reminds me of some of the lone hands Mike Hussey used to play. In the ungodly UAE heat for 5 sessions. Great fight. True (clichè) captains knock from Paine, making sure Khawaja's huge effort paid off. I wasn't too sure about him as the pick for captian. I didn't even think his spot in the team was safe to be honest; but he's earned a lot of respect from me with that innings.

However, I worry the draw will paper over a lot of issues with this team.
 

Browny

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Paines post match interview he acknowledged the team had a lot to work on. Didn’t see the draw as something to celebrate
 

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I feel like Head’s significant contribution is being forgotten in all this celebration of Khawaja and Paine. Don’t get me wrong, Khawaja and Paine did fantastically well but Head hung in for a LONG time in that heat and in his first test. It wasn’t always convincing but that was a quality knock.
 

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I feel like Head’s significant contribution is being forgotten in all this celebration of Khawaja and Paine. Don’t get me wrong, Khawaja and Paine did fantastically well but Head hung in for a LONG time in that heat and in his first test. It wasn’t always convincing but that was a quality knock.
Partnerships were key in that second innings, Finch, Head and Paine were great and all contributed. Big difference between first and second innings.

Something we haven't been great at for a while.
 

Sproj

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3 in 4 balls for Lyon!! Missed the hattie...but by about as little as you can get. Lyon the match changer.
 

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OH MY GOSH!! Lyon 4 wickets in 6 balls!!! He is bowling grenades.
 

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The number 3 debutant has also been dropped in the last few overs, Aussies are bowling seriously well.
 

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Labuschagne pulling the reverse Steve Smith? Being picked as a specialist batsman only to become an elite spinner, that'd be awesome, he's looked considerably more dangerous than Holland so far in both tests.
 

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