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True grit: New Aussie era hailed after sandpaper shame

AFP  |  Sydney 

Australia's battling draw against has ushered in a new era for a team desperate to redeem itself in the wake of the scandal, media said Friday.

In their first Test outing since the ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa, the Australians salvaged a draw in the opening Test in thanks to a dogged 141 from batsman

While such a result would not normally be cause for celebration, praised the way refused to concede defeat when facing a seemingly impossible task.

He said it was a promising start for the Test team under new Justin Langer, the former batsman who took over after predecessor 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 and the posturing arrogance of the side involved in the ball-tampering affair earlier this year.

The scandal erupted when batsman was caught trying to alter the ball using in the third Test at Newlands in

Bancroft, former and his deputy were all sent home and handed lengthy bans, with Lehmann and chief eventually resigning amid a huge public backlash.

said the result against "picked up a previously forlorn team off the Newlands killing floor".

"For the first time in a while, can wake up decidedly proud of their team -- of and in particular," he tweeted.

The domestic 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.

Writing in The Australian, reporter praised Khawaja, who made 141 off 302 balls on a deteriorating pitch to post the second-longest knock in a final innings in Test history.

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.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 09:55 IST