Khawaja sheds his ‘lazy’ tag
AN EMOTIONAL Usman Khawaja has opened up about just how much his match-saving hundred meant to him after a decade of being labelled lazy by critics.
Khawaja’s epic 141 off 302 balls spanning nine hours against Pakistan in the crushing Dubai heat, stands as the second longest fourth innings knock in the history of cricket and a performance that secured Australia one of the greatest Test match saves of all time.
Adding to the weight of Khawaja’s achievement was the fact his abject struggles in Asian conditions in the past could have cost him his Test career.
Under the pump to prove himself in Australia’s bold new era, Khawaja has spent the past few months shedding 7kg and making a mountain of runs overseas.
“Yeah, there was definitely something there I reckon,” said Khawaja about the point he had to prove in Asia.
“A lot of work goes into playing cricket at the highest level. I’ve worked as hard as anyone.”
On a deteriorating wicket Khawaja outlasted one of the most dangerous day-five bowlers in the game, leg-spinner Yasir Shah.