David Warner's brisk just about run-a-ball 144-run knock and Khawaja's gritty unbeaten 95 helped Australia to put up a strong response to Pakistan's 443 as the host trailed by only 165 runs with eight wickets in hand on day three of the Melbourne Test match.
Australian speedster Jackson Bird revealed that he does not have any specific plan to target Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq after his success against the veteran batsman in the recently concluded Brisbane Test.
Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower insisted that skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is not concerned about his low run of scores in the recent games and is backing the veteran to make an impact in the remaining two Tests against Australia.
Australian opening batsman Matt Renshaw stated that he is keen to play his first game at Melbourne Cricket Ground against Pakistan in the second game of the series which also is incidentally the Boxing Day Test.
Australia saw off a spirited fight from Asad Shafiq and Yasir Shah on the final day as they managed to beat Pakistan by 39 runs while defending a total of 490 runs to win the first Test in Brisbane and claim a 1-0 lead in the series.
Asad Shafiq scored a valiant unbeaten century while Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz provided proper support as Pakistan reached 382 for eight in pursuit of their chase of 490 against Australia at stumps on day four of the first Test in Brisbane.
Australia's resounding success in hosting day-night Test matches was once again evident in Brisbane as the venue recorded the highest attendance in the first three days of the fifth Test against Pakistan.
Australian leg spinner Adam Zampa expressed his frustration after he was overlooked in the recent home One-Day International series against New Zealand despite being the leading wicket-taker this year in the format.
After Peter Handscomb's maiden Test century powered Australia to 429 in their first innings, the seamers were all over the Pakistan batsmen restricting them to 97 for eight at stumps on day two of the first Test in Brisbane.