‘One of the great Test in­nings’

The Nation - - SPORT -

Aus­tralia cap­tain Tim Paine hailed Us­man Khawaja’s painstak­ing rear­guard ef­fort as “one of the great Test in­nings” af­ter his team clung on for an un­likely 1st Test draw against Pak­istan in Dubai.

Opener Khawaja bat­ted for eight hours and 44 min­utes to help foil Pak­istan’s vic­tory bid, while Travis Head (72) and Paine, who fin­ished un­beaten on 61, played key sup­port­ing roles to take Aus­tralia to 362-8 and save the match.

“I am re­ally proud of Us­man, too, on one of the great Test in­nings,” said Paine.

“Khawaja, whose best score was 26 in five pre­vi­ous Tests in Asia, also rated it as one of the best in­nings of his ca­reer.”

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