Australia batsman Shane Watson has credited his maiden Test century against Pakistan to an improvement in his mental strength.
Watson, who has registered a string of near-misses, experienced a change of fortunes in Melbourne as he landed the elusive ton on day four of the opening Test at the MCG.
The 28-year-old, who finished on 120 not out, had brought up a half-century six times in 11 previous innings as an opener but had failed to hit three figures.
"It has been a long time coming, it's a massive relief," said Watson.
"I suppose I learned from Adelaide and from Perth to try to clear my mind and not worry about the score too much. Considering what it meant to me, I cleared my mind really well.
"It's one of those things where you do need a little bit of luck to go your way and I definitely had my luck today.
"It's been a big learning curve to continue to try and develop the mental side of things, to try to clear my mind as much as I can and not get caught up in the situation or caught up in my score.
"That's something I'm continuing to develop and I felt like I was able to get through it much better today."
Injuries previously saw Watson miss successful campaigns in the 2003 World Cup and the 2006-07 Ashes, but having returned to fitness the batsman is making the most of his inclusion.
Having gone so close to the century on several occasions with scores of 96 and 89 during the recent series against West Indies and 93 in the first innings against Pakistan, it was only a matter of time before Watson reached his target.
It took the New South Wales star 67 minutes to battle through the 90s before finally seizing his chance on 99 with a full-blooded drive to backward point, where Abdur Rauf fumbled a fairly straightforward catch.
"It took me a long while to get through the 90s," added Watson.
"It didn't help my cause scoring freely with the Pakistanis bowling the line they did, it worked nicely for them, stopped my scoring.
"It's a big goal of mine to have achieved getting a Test match hundred, it's definitely a great thing for me to be able to move on from here."