Usman Khawaja century keeps Australia on top in fourth Ashes test

2022/01/06 12:52:00

Usman Khawaja century keeps Australia on top in fourth Ashes test

Usman Khawaja century keeps Australia on top in fourth Ashes test

Usman Khawaja celebrated his recall to the test arena after two years in the wilderness with a stylish 137 to drive Australia to a declaration on 416 for eight shortly before the close of play on the second day of the fourth Ashes test on Thursday.

Seamer Stuart Broad took 5-101 in England's cause and openers Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed, both two not out, survived five torrid overs before stumps to give the tourists a small morale boost after another day of Australian dominance.Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates the wicket of Rishabh Pant with teammates at The Wanderers.22 hours ago Petersen added that he watched his father at the back-end of his career at Western Province B and Paarl Cricket Club, where he played with the likes of SA U19 coach Shukri Conrad and Marais Erasmus, who is umpiring in this match.Keegan, who was South Africa’s best batter during the first innings with a score of 62, before he was dismissed by Shardul Thakur, revealed that Dirk influenced him to play the game.

England, who will resume with 13 runs on the board, are desperate for a good showing in Sydney after suffering heavy defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne to go 3-0 down in the five-match series.The main obstruction at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday was Khawaja, who was brought into the Australia side for Travis Head after the middle order batsman tested positive for Covid-19.At the end of the first session of day three of the second Test match at the Wanderers, India were on 188/6 with Hanuma Vihari on six and Shardul Thakur on four.Clearly relishing his latest comeback at the ground where his test career began in the 2011 Ashes test, the 35-year-old was stylish and unflappable in equal parts as he put England to the sword.“That is where I always dragged along to club games and I fell in love with the game from that time.He survived a scare on 28 when he got an edge on a delivery from England spinner Jack Leach but the ball evaded wicketkeeper Jos Buttler and Joe Root was unable to hold the catch at first slip.Rabada started the much-needed intervention by breaking the partnership of 111 off 144 between Pujara and Rahane, who added 70 runs to India’s overnight score of 85.The lefthander made the most of his reprieve, picking the moments to deploy his elegant strokes and bringing up his ninth test century with three runs through square leg just before the tea break.I always tell everyone that he probably knows my technique and my game better than I do.

His celebration was anything but elegant, however, as he treated the applauding 24,855 crowd to a rendition of the"Silencer" moves made famous by NBA star Lebron James.Rahane (58) was the first wicket to fall in the morning when he was caught by Kyle Verreynne behind the stumps off the bowling of Rabada having registered his 25th Test half century.“I think it’s going to be tough for the rest of the Test match."The SCG, honestly, it was probably the most touching, humbling, amazing feeling out there today getting that hundred, I never expected it..Rabada was not done yet as he went on to account for the wicket of Pant without scoring as the Proteas continued to dismantle the Indian middle order..“I am happy with my return but I wish I could have done a little bit more to get the team into a better position, but we will take it as it comes.the love I've got out there today, I'll never forget," said Khawaja..If you can ask the people that know me from back home, they used to see my dad throwing thousands of balls to me in the nets all the time and that’s where I learnt my trade.

FIVE-WICKET HAUL Four years to the day since he hit 171 in the last Ashes test at the SCG, Khawaja looked to be heading for a similar score when he played on to give Broad England's first five-wicket haul of the series.Khawaja, who hit 13 fours in his 260 ball innings, had combined with Steve Smith in a 115-run fourth wicket partnership that frustrated England's hopes of making early inroads into the Australian batting.” The biggest talking point of Tuesday was the controversial dismissal of Rassie van der Dussen as he was given out after he was caught behind by Rishabh Pant off Thakur but TV replays showed that the ball did not carry to the wicketkeeper.Broad, who was left out of the side for the Brisbane and Melbourne tests, finally separated them when Smith edged the ball behind on 67 after lunch and then quickly dispatched all-rounder Cameron Green for five.It was not until the hour before tea, however, that Alex Carey departed for 13, holing out in the deep off England captain Root's spin.Broad returned after the break to remove Pat Cummins for 24 with a fizzing delivery that the Australia skipper gloved behind.Some are going to go your way and some aren’t.“I am happy with my return but I wish I could have done a little bit more to get the team into a better position, but we will take it as it comes.

England's cause was not helped by an injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was treated for"tightness" in his left side just before lunch with the team confirming that he would be unable to bowl for the remainder of the day."Pleased to have had an impact, would have preferred it to be five for 30 not five for 100, there's no doubting it was Australia's day," said Broad."But when you miss out on test matches, it makes you realise how special it is to play.".

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