Sport Ashes 2017/18: Mason Crane gets revenge on Usman Khawaja after 'disgraceful' no-ball call

09:06  06 january  2018
09:06  06 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

Khawaja fires back at 'bizarre' criticism

  Khawaja fires back at 'bizarre' criticism Usman Khawaja says criticism of his form is 'bizarre' after he was accused of lacking intent during the fourth Ashes Test. Khawaja on Saturday laughed off suggestions he was out of form, noting that he had made fifties in Adelaide and Perth."It's a bit bizarre to me," he told ABC Grandstand."It's Test match cricket - sometimes you're not going to score at a free-flowing rate. It doesn't mean my intent wasn't there."I did find it a bit interesting though, day one on a slow wicket, that I was getting criticised but that's Test cricket.

Hard to believe: Mason Crane queries the umpire's decision as Usman Khawaja survives his lbw appeal. Crane was flabbergasted by the no - ball call and protested his innocence; adamant he had part of his boot behind the white line.

Hard to believe: Mason Crane queries the umpire's decision as Usman Khawaja survives his lbw appeal. Crane was flabbergasted by the no - ball call and protested his innocence; adamant he had part of his boot behind the white line.

Better late than never: Usman Khawaja can't make his ground and is stumped off the bowling of Mason Crane.© AP Better late than never: Usman Khawaja can't make his ground and is stumped off the bowling of Mason Crane. England debutant Mason Crane was denied a maiden Test wicket in almost identical circumstances to that of Boxing Day first-gamer Tom Curran - a decision Graeme Swann has described as "absolutely disgraceful".

With figures of 0-72 in his 22nd over, Crane, coming round the wicket to left-hander Usman Khawaja, deceived the century maker into not offering a shot.

The ball cannoned into Khawaja's pad and despite a vociferous appeal from England, umpire Kumar Dharmasena remained unmoved.

Jubilation and relief: Mason Crane gets his man.© AAP Jubilation and relief: Mason Crane gets his man. The decision was reviewed upstairs but before ball-tracking was required television umpire Sundaram Ravi determined Crane had bowled a no-ball, by the smallest of margins.

Usman Khawaja hurts himself in SCG outfield

  Usman Khawaja hurts himself in SCG outfield You never want to see this happen, and English fans will remember the damage an incident like this can cause. All Australians are hoping that Usman Khawaja hasn't done too much damage to his knee after an awkward moment in the SCG outfield.Khawaja was chasing a David Malan cover drive off Nathan Lyon, but when the 31-year-old went to slide his knee dug into the newly laid SCG turf. © Getty Images Usman Khawaja injured while fielding. The ball went for four, but all Aussie players immediately looked concerned for the number three batsman.

Usman Khawaja piled on the runs after finishing day two with 91, bringing up a well-earned century in the morning session before falling late in the day with 171. Here were the major talking points from the day’s play. Ashes veteran slams no - ball call .

England's Ashes no - ball woes have continued with debutant Mason Crane blowing a golden opportunity to dismiss Usman Khawaja in the fifth Test in Sydney. Khawaja survived to be 132 not out at lunch on day three but only after coming within millimetres of being dismissed by Crane .

As it turned out, the ball would have been going on to hit the stumps and Dharmasena would have had to reverse his decision and in doing so award the 20-year-old his first Test scalp.

Crane was flabbergasted by the no-ball call and protested his innocence; adamant he had part of his boot behind the white line.

Swann, the former England spinner, wasted no time laying the boot into officialdom during his commentary stint for Triple M.

Khawaja hits ton but Smith falls before lunch in Sydney

  Khawaja hits ton but Smith falls before lunch in Sydney <p>Usman Khawaja hit his first century against England in a 188-run third wicket partnership with Steve Smith.</p>Smith departed for 83 a few minutes before the break to leave Khawaja unbeaten on 132 after the pair had batted through almost all of the opening session on a glorious sunny day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

While David Warner sought to monster the debutant Mason Crane , Khawaja fed his partner the strike. Footwork: Usman Khawaja gets down the track to a spinning ball . Photo: AAP. By now, the Australian captain was settled and Khawaja could renew his focus on personal goals.

Khawaja defiance led to Root trying to attack him with Mason Crane . As Stuart Broad sent another short ball sailing over backward square leg for another six, his run aggregate for the series was slowly getting closer to Usman Khawaja 's tally of 162 runs.

"These umpires don't know what they're doing, I swear these umpires are clueless," Swann said. "This is absolute disgraceful third umpiring, open your eyes. Whoever the third umpire is, just go home. Get out of the room, let someone else do it."

Hard to believe: Mason Crane queries the umpire's decision as Usman Khawaja survives his lbw appeal.© AAP Hard to believe: Mason Crane queries the umpire's decision as Usman Khawaja survives his lbw appeal. Former Australian tweaker Kerry O'Keeffe agreed, adding that Crane was "slaughtered by human error", however Geoffrey Boycott was convinced the young leggie had indeed overstepped the mark and the correct decision was made.

Nonetheless, a spinner should never give the umpires a chance to no-ball them.

The most remarkable thing about the moment was that Crane became the fourth England bowler to be denied a maiden wicket on debut because of a no-ball in just over four years.

Ben Stokes (to Brad Haddin in 2013), Mark Wood (to Martin Guptill in 2015) and Curran (to David Warner in December) are the other three Englishmen to be robbed of their first scalp at Test level.

Smith falls short of Bradman mark

  Smith falls short of Bradman mark Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja's 188-run partnership at the SCG has ended but Australia are close to overhauling England's first innings lead at lunch on day three of the Ashes series finale. Smith's side are 3-277, having trimmed England's lead to 69 runs.The skipper fell 17 runs short of a record-equalling fourth century in the series, with Moeen Ali claiming a low catch off his own bowling to dismiss the world's best batsman.Smith will require an unbeaten score of nine or more in the second innings to break an 88-year Don Bradman record after England finally found a way to dismiss the Australian captain.

AUSTRALIAN No.3 Usman Khawaja is nine runs away from his maiden Ashes century after putting his country in a solid position on day two of the fifth Test at the SCG. Get our newsletter. Submit a story tip.

Khawaja 's Ashes series had been fair, with half-centuries in Adelaide and Perth, but unfulfilled. Spin has often troubled this Australian number three with the so- called Asian wrists. Footwork: Usman Khawaja gets down the track to a spinning ball .

Few could forget the look of devastation on Curran's face at the MCG when he realised he bowled a no-ball to Warner, who was caught on 99 in dramatic circumstances.

Curran later described the mishap as the worst feeling he had experienced on a cricket field.

England's Mason Crane laughs while being heckled by Australia supporters during Day 3 of the Fifth Test cricket match between Australia and England.© AAP Image/David Moir England's Mason Crane laughs while being heckled by Australia supporters during Day 3 of the Fifth Test cricket match between Australia and England. Luckily for the 22-year-old, he snared the prized wicket of Steve Smith shortly after to feel a little better about himself.

It looked like Crane would be cruelly denied the reward he deserved as he conceded a century of runs early in the final session.

However, with Khawaja on 171, some 39 runs after the first slip-up, Crane got his revenge as the left-hander was stumped after compiling his second-highest Test score.

England's Crane endures horror Test debut .
Mason Crane has returned the worst bowling figures by an Englishman on debut, returning figures of 1-193 in Australia's first innings in the fifth Ashes Test.On an SCG pitch that favoured spin, the rookie legspinner went for 1-193 during Australia's first innings of the fifth Ashes Test.

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