Usman Khawaja's comeback from injury is proving to be one of the most fascinating stories of the first half of this Ashes series. Australia have bowled England out for 387‚ so Khawaja is on fire. On day four‚ he scored 101 not out‚ his highest score in Test cricket since he scored 137 in 2014. The innings is now three and a half hours old‚ so England must look to stop the home momentum on day five. Khawaja returned to the Australian Test side in January‚ replacing Travis Head‚ who was knocked out by COVID-19. Australia declared with 350 on the board in Hobart. While he scored a century‚ he failed to make the most of his chance. He was dropped during the 2013 Ashes series and only made a cameo in the last home Test against New Zealand in 2015. The Australians have a chance to win the Benaud-Qadir Trophy on the final day. The Australians had lost the series‚ so the chance to claim the trophy on the last day of the Ashes is still alive. Steve Smith‚ the fastest man to score 8000 Test runs‚ hit a century in his third Test appearance‚ and Usman Khawaja - who was dropped during the Ashes - made a magnificent century. After being out for two years‚ the Australians threw out Marcus Harris‚ and Usman Khawaja's comeback is on as a dramatic finale awaits. In August‚ Khawaja returned to the Australian Test side. He replaced Travis Head‚ who was knocked out by COVID-19. He surpassed Head's century in the first innings‚ before being caught in the deep. He then moved up to the open position‚ where he played the majority of the innings. Then‚ on the final day‚ he hit another century and took his fourth ton of runs in a single Test match. In a Test series against Pakistan‚ the Australians clinched the Benaud-Qadir Trophy‚ but lost the series to India. In the third Test‚ Usman Khawaja scored an outstanding century and a century-and-a-half‚ which helped Australia take a one-wicket lead in the series. As the season goes on‚ the Aussies will look for a way to win the title for the first time since 1998. The hamstring injury that has kept Khawaja out for the last several months has resurfaced in the first Test against Pakistan. Despite the injury‚ the Aussies were able to get him back into the side in January‚ replacing Travis Head after the latter was felled by COVID-19. This means that the batting line-up is in serious trouble. The team's captain and coach have no option but to drop him. The second Test between Australia and Pakistan ended on a resounding note as Usman Khawaja's comeback has continued to gain momentum.
His 100-run century in the first innings has been the defining moment in his comeback to the Test series. In January‚ he returned to the Australian Test team and replaced Travis Head‚ who was felled by COVID-19. He made his fourth century in a row in the first Test against the West Indies‚ and he has remained unbeaten in his five innings this year. A century for Usman Khawaja in the first Test against the West Indies in the UAE was the highlight of his comeback. In a thrilling match between the two sides‚ the Australian captain had no choice but to appoint Usman Khaawaja to replace him. In the first innings‚ the batsman made 91‚ but went on to hit three more centuries in the second. This is a milestone for the young Aussie‚ who has already surpassed his last century by over a century. With his exceptional century in the third Test‚ Khawaja's comeback is on course for a spectacular end. The Australian batting order is set to be a classic thriller‚ and the upcoming game is sure to be no different. And what about the Australia batting line-up? In the fourth Test‚ Usman Khawaja will play in the open position‚ whereas his 61-ball century is a superb knock that will leave the Australians in awe.
Usman Khawaja the first Australian to make four Test 💯s in a calendar year since Steve Smith & David Warner in 2017.
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Uzzie golden run continues! Khawaja tons up again 🤯
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Good effort from Pakistan openers now need a special effort mentally & physically to win this test match. Wishing team Pakistan all the best to get a positive result in their favour. Come on boys let’s do it ✅👍🏼❤️ — Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) March 24, 2022