Former Australia legspinner Stuart MacGill feels Australia’s draw against Pakistan in the first Test in Dubai is a “landmark moment” for this team. After being bowled out for 202 in the first innings and allowing Pakistan to attain a first-innings lead of 280, Australia, led by Usman Khawaja, eked out an epic draw batting for the longest time in the fourth innings to finish on 362/8. “It’s not unbelievable, it’s surprising that a development team – which is what this is, or a team in flux – has the temperament to compete all the way to the end. “He’s a proper cricketer and he understands that cricket’s been hard and he has experienced the ups and downs, which I think is very valuable. “He’s shown young blokes that are coming into the team – in this Test match or future Test matches, or even kids sitting on the couch – that you can bat for 250 balls and make 60 and win a Test match or win a series because he’s drawn the Test with that innings,” he said.
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