SydneyUsman Khawaja (137), who was included in the playing XI, took full advantage of the opportunity he got, scoring a brilliant century on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test on Thursday as Australia declared their first innings at 416 for eight. In reply, England scored 13 runs in five overs without losing any wicket till the end of the day’s play.
Interestingly, in the year 2019, Usman Khawaja was injured in the last league match of the ODI World Cup against South Africa and had to sit out of the semi-final match against England, and today after 2 years he played against England. Got a chance which he took with both hands.
Usman Khawaja (Travis Head) was replaced by the Corona-infected batsman who set the record for the fastest Ashes century in the first Test of the Ashes and is among the top 10 Test batsmen’s rankings.
Australia started playing at 126 for three in yesterday’s play. Steven Smith started playing six and Usman Khawaja went ahead with four runs. Khawaja, playing his first Test since August 2019, scored his ninth century. Khawaja hit 13 fours in 137 runs off 260 balls. He added 115 runs for the fourth wicket with Smith. Smith scored 67 runs in 141 balls with the help of five fours.
January 6th, 2018 v England: 171 runs
January 6th, 2022 v England: 137 runs
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Khawaja added 46 runs for the seventh wicket with captain Pat Cummins and 67 runs for the eighth wicket with Mitchell Starc. Cummins scored 24 runs in 47 balls and Starc scored 34 not out in 60 balls. Khawaja was dismissed as the eighth batsman.
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Fast bowler Stuart Broad was the most successful bowler for England with five wickets for 101 runs. James Anderson, Mark Wood and Joe Root got one wicket each. Haseeb Hameed and Jack Crawley are at the crease for England with two runs till stumps. Australia bowlers gave nine extra runs.