Australia’s top order batsman, Usman Khawaja does not believe that Pakistan will enter in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground with a slight upper hand or momentum.
According to the stylish left-handed batsman, it is the end result that counts, it does not matter when and how the team wins as long as they are winning.
Pakistan were chasing 490 runs in the fourth inning of the first Test and it seemed that it will be a one-sided contest, however, the visitors showed incredible character and pulled off an almost impossible win.
Khawaja thinks that momentum cannot be measured and he does not agree with cricket Pundits, who are calling Pakistan favourites for the second Test.
“I don’t think that matters — it’s a different ground, different conditions, and you can’t really measure momentum, can you? I’m not sure if it exists,” Khawaja told NZ Herald.
He accepted the fact that his side could have finished off the job much earlier and they will have to improve their performance. But, he also mentioned that there is always room for improvements.
“There are always things we can do better, no matter what game, but … we still won,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what margin you win by — you don’t get any more points for winning earlier, later, even though it’s nicer to win earlier.”
Khawaja will be happy to have the same result in the next game as well, “We know we could have been better in a few spots and we hope to improve that in the next game, but a win’s a win. If you gave me the same result in this game, I’d take it.”
The 30-year old batsman hailed Pakistan for the fight they put in and accepted that the mighty Aussies were not at their best. But, still, according to the Pakistani origin Australian batsman thinks that the hosts dictated the terms in the game from the word go.
“We weren’t playing at our best and they were playing very well, that’s what it’s all about,” he said.
“We led the game the whole way through; we sort of controlled it the whole way through,” he added.