Justin Langer says pride has been restored to Australian cricket after a lion-hearted fightback against Pakistan, which he believes could shape the new-look side's destiny.
Australia's hopes of winning a Test series in Asia for the first time since 2011 remain alive after man of the match Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine led a stunning fightback on day five in Dubai to secure a draw in the first of two Tests.
Chasing a world record 462 to win, the tourists survived 140 overs - an unprecedented effort to save a game for Australia in Test match history after a first-innings collapse of 10-60.
Khawaja (141) dug in for eight hours and 44 minutes while Paine (61 not out) survived 194 balls and shepherded Australia brilliantly during a perilous final hour.
The gallant performance comes in Australia's first Test series since the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa which left the national team's reputation in tatters and led to bans for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
With Langer and Paine steering the ship as coach and captain following the Cape Town saga, the mission has been twofold: finding a way to win without their suspended stars and proving that the team has the character to play in the right spirit.
While a maiden Test victory under the new-look leadership is yet to come, the performance in Dubai represents a big tick for the latter goal.
"I actually said at tea time, regardless of what happens in the last two hours I was so proud of the way the boys fought," Langer said.
"We said we're going to really fight hard and try and make Australians proud of us again. And I think it was an amazing finish for us to get the draw ... just the way the boys fought it out was brilliant.
"I thought besides that mad couple of hours (in the first innings) where we lost 10-60, I thought the boys fought and worked so hard throughout the game. It was a really great performance."
Langer revealed he had drawn upon Australia's famous run chase to defeat Pakistan in Hobart in 1999 in a pre-game address to the team.
The tenacious Langer partnered with Adam Gilchrist for a stunning match-winning partnership after Australia were left battling at 5-126 after being set a record 369 to win.
Australia went on to win their next 13 straight Tests as part of a 16-game winning streak.
"We felt if we could win from there, we could win from anywhere," Langer said.
"For us to draw the game from where we've been throughout this game, that's going to be a huge confidence booster to help us build this team.
"And back then, we won 16 straight Test matches. Now I'm not saying this team is going to do that obviously, but it was a huge confidence booster back then and I've got no doubt for this young team and a very young captain, that's a huge confidence booster for them.
"Never underestimate how victories like that, even though it was a draw, can be a significant event for building a team."