Ebden paid tribute to Hewitt after the match, saying the veteran helped to inspire him in the deciding set.
“Rusty was incredible. He really showed me how to win a fifth set,” Ebden told AAP.
“He got super pumped, definitely led me and came up with some big points.
“It was a good quality match and such an important one to win.”
Hewitt felt the decision to miss the opening singles had worked out perfectly and said Australia would also benefit from keeping Istomin and Dustov on court for almost four hours.
“You really have to try and be as fresh as possible going into the key matches and that was the thinking,” Hewitt said.
“It’s nice we can keep them out there a long time today for five sets but Matty and I felt pretty fresh which is good.”
Rafter paid tribute to both sides, admitting he was surprised with how Uzbekistan kept fighting.
“It was one of the best doubles matches I’ve ever seen,” Rafter said.
“… It was a match that went a long time and that sets us up well for tomorrow but we’ve got to get the job done, no complacency.”
This might be the trip that makes this team really tight knit and capable of big and important things. Let's hope this continues.