Alastair Cook admitted to being "embarrassed" by his Ashes showing before a record-breaking double-century which kept England in control of the fourth Test at the MCG.
Cook (244 not out) had not managed more than 37 in his previous 10 innings but resumed on day three with his 32nd Test hundred already in the book. But it was to get even better for Cook, especially during a ninth-wicket stand of exactly 100 with Stuart Broad (56) as the tourists progressed to 491 for nine at stumps.
Cook told BT Sport: "Last night (the feeling) was relief and I was quite emotional, and today I was quite proud that I came back, got in the game and dug deep to get a big one.
"Yesterday was probably a bit tougher because it was a lot hotter and after fielding as well.
"We got Broady focused on his targets and he played beautifully and I gave him the strike to knock singles and he kept crashing them for four.
"It's one of those 10 hours where I'll look back and go 'yeah, things were working well'. The whole tour I've been struggling to get that rhythm of batting and I was a bit embarrassed by my performance, but at least today I've gone on and got a big one.
"It's never going to be pretty, my batting, but sometimes it's effective."
On his impressive contribution, Broad added: "Cooky said 'rather than looking too far ahead let's try and get five runs at a time' and that is quite helpful as the lower order as it means you are not focusing too much on the future, you just break it down into little partnerships.
"I was quite conscious I didn't want to take Cooky out of his comfort zone, that little bubble he's been playing in.(let him) do his job and not change the way he was playing.
"It was good fun actually. It was really helpful to share the strike a little bit."