Second-day sensation Nathan Hauritz has described his innings of 75 in the Boxing Day Test against Pakistan as a 'lucky' one.
Hauritz in his role as nightwatchman struck the second half-century of his career to reach his all-time best score, albeit surviving numerous close shaves along the way.
The 28-year-old off-spinner showed some prowess with the bat, hitting nine boundaries during his innings, including a rather unusual six that almost cost him his wicket.
After slogging Saeed Ajmal down the ground, catcher Mohammad Aamer was unable to slow down after covering considerable ground to collect in the deep and carried the ball over the rope for the maximum.
"I was pretty lucky early on," Hauritz admitted. "I had a couple of chances and a few inside edges and stuff like that.
"But it was just good to be able to bat and have some time out there and sort of be given a licence after lunch to try and speed things along.
"I was happy just to get through the night. (I) did my job and early on this morning I was pretty happy to just last that first half an hour, I think.
"But it was good, I really enjoyed it, it was good batting with Huss (Michael Hussey)."
Hauritz, who has been struggling with a nagging groin injury admitted to running at only 60 percent insisted it would not restrict his bowling.
Novice Steven Smith of New South Wales was flown in on stand-by during the last two Tests because of concerns in the Australia camp surrounding the problem.
With hope that the Melbourne wicket will eventually start to assist spin, Hauritz will be an important part of captain Ricky Ponting's plans.
"It's just an ongoing thing," Hauritz said of the problem. "I think that the thing that hurt the most when I batted was just the plantar fasciitis (heel inflammation) that's been there for seven months.
"Every now and again it just tears some fibres of my heel so, after it warms up, it's a lot better than what it is but, (with) the groin, I think you saw me run at about 60 percent.
"But it's not going to affect my bowling at all."
Despite rounding off his day's work with the wicket of Faisal Iqbal to put Australia in a commanding position, Hauritz feels it will be a challenge to win with the pitch still favouring the bat.
"The wicket's still very good, it's only day two obviously," he continued. "I think it's just a matter of being extremely disciplined in our areas and probably getting that last wicket (was) very crucial."
"We had a pretty good day in the end there but they've still got some very good batting to come."
Pakistan closed the second day at 109-4 in reply to their hosts' 454-5 declared, losing skipper Mohammad Yousuf to the penultimate ball of the day after Australia successfully asked for a review of umpire Billy Doctrove's decision to turn down a caught behind appeal.
"(It) was very unfortunate actually but he was out, there was no doubt about that," Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam said.
"The ball just caught his gloves, you could see very clearly on slow motion he was out.
"(It was) very sad actually, the last over, a very important batsman but, anyway, we have made things difficult for ourselves."
Alam insisted Pakistan were not too cautious with the bat despite taking 32 overs to hit a boundary.
"This is what (we) needed actually, you wanted to build up a partnership," he added.
"Test cricket is all about partnerships and Australia did it, everybody went there and stayed at the wicket and got a partnership going but unfortunately we didn't have that time to do that."
Regarding Pakistan's chances of making a game of it, Alam added: "Funny things have happened in this game and what we have to do, we've got to make sure, when they go (out) tomorrow, they've got to stay at the wicket and try to fight it out. That's what we need."