True Grit: New Aussie Era Hailed After Sandpaper Shame
Sydney, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 12th Oct, 2018 ) :Australia's battling draw against Pakistan has ushered in a new era for a team desperate to redeem itself in the wake of the sandpaper cheating scandal, media said Friday.
He said it was a promising start for the Test team under new coach Justin Langer, the former batsman who took over after predecessor Darren Lehmann quit in disgrace.
"No one knows more about the value of perseverence and preparation than Langer, given his wonderful career was a triumph of almost torturous dedication and bloody defiance," Hinds wrote.
"If this really was a Langer-era performance, let the dot balls flow." A common theme in reports was the contrast between the hardworking team Langer has forged with new captain Tim Paine and the posturing arrogance of the side involved in the ball-tampering affair earlier this year.
Bancroft, former captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner were all sent home and handed lengthy bans, with Lehmann and Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland eventually resigning amid a huge public backlash.
ESPNCricinfo's Australian writer Daniel Brettig said the result against Pakistan "picked up a previously forlorn team off the Newlands killing floor".
The AAP domestic news agency said there were plenty of positives for Langer and Paine.
"The depleted Australian squad was expected to struggle in the UAE but Paine could hardly have asked for a more spirited display to begin his new era in charge," it said.
He said the defiant performance forever dispelled perceptions that Khawaja was a lazy player, saying he "suddenly morphed into an instant team leader".
"In the moment of reckoning in the first series since sandpaper-gate, Khawaja has shown he is now the best batsman in this revamped Australian side," Horne wrote.