Melbourne - Australia batsman Usman Khawaja doesn't put much stock in
talk of Pakistan having all the momentum heading in to the second Test in
Melbourne on Boxing Day.
The left-hander insists Australia are confident and in good
shape to put themselves 2-0 up in the three match series after winning the
first Test by 39 runs in Brisbane.
When asked about Pakistan's momentum Khawaja replied:
"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
Khawaja admitted that the team have addressed the way the
Brisbane Test ended and will look to close games out better in future but also
insisted that they don't mind winning ugly.
The batsman went on: "There are always things we can do
better, no matter what game, but ... we still won.
matter what you win by - you don't get any more points for winning earlier,
later, even though it's nicer to win earlier.
"If you gave me the same result in this game, I'd take
Khawaja did however give props to Pakistan for the way they
fought back and ran Australia close in Brisbane.
The Pakistan-born Baggy Green added: "We weren't
playing at our best and they were playing very well, that's what it's all
"We led the game the whole way through, we sort of
controlled it the whole way through."
After naming an unchanged squad for the Boxing Day Test the
selectors added Hilton Cartwright to the mix a few days later with the hope of
perhaps taking the load off some of the bowlers.
Khawaja was on the fence about Cartwright's inclusion but
was content to leave his inclusion or exclusion from the XI up to the
He would add: "I can see where they're going with it.
"I don't know -
there's so much that goes into it in terms of how the bowlers are feeling,
what's happening, whether they are 100 per cent.
"Fast bowlers never seem like they're 100 percent
because their bodies go through so much.
"It will be up to the selectors, that's why they get
paid the big bucks."