Sport Ashes 2017/18: Day to remember for Usman Khawaja as Australia inflict more pain on England

18:05  06 january  2018
18:05  06 january  2018 Source:   Sydney Morning Herald

England pair differ on Khawaja catch

  England pair differ on Khawaja catch England's Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook have shared their views about Usman Khawaja's scrambling catch at the MCG on day three of the fourth Ashes Test.Alastair Cook suggested England should take Usman Khawaja's word on a scrambling catch at the MCG but Stuart Broad was seemingly somewhat miffed about the process that led to his dismissal.

This was a day to remember for the Sydney-raised Khawaja , who marked his maiden Ashes century with an emotional celebration then With six wickets still in hand, Australia will be looking to inflict hours more pain on an attack featuring a debutant, a second-gamer and an out-of-sorts Moeen Ali.

Originally published on smh.com.au as ' Ashes 2017 / 18 : Day to remember for Usman Khawaja as Australia inflict more pain on England '.

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They came to see Steve Smith follow in the footsteps of Don Bradman, but instead it was Usman Khawaja who turned the SCG into his field of dreams as Australia grabbed total control of the fifth Test.

England finds themselves in a familiar position after the third day but this time it's not the feats of the Australian captain that have them under the pump.

Man of the moment: Usman Khawaja takes in the feat of a century on his old home ground. © AAP Man of the moment: Usman Khawaja takes in the feat of a century on his old home ground. Smith missed out on what would have been a landmark century but they were instead put to the sword by Khawaja then the Marsh brothers.

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.

Usman Khawaja has long held ambitions to score an Ashes century on his beloved SCG. And, in realising that goal, he presented a powerful case to be granted his wish of being Australia 's man in all conditions. This was a day to remember for the Sydney-raised Khawaja , who marked his maiden

This was a day to remember for the Sydney-raised Khawaja , who marked his maiden Ashes century with an emotional celebration then, along with Shaun Marsh, proceeded to grind English England needed more than eight and a half hours to dislodge Australia 's first choice No.3 - at home anyway.

This was a day to remember for the Sydney-raised Khawaja, who marked his maiden Ashes century with an emotional celebration then, along with Shaun Marsh, proceeded to grind English noses into the bone-dry SCG pitch. The older Marsh brother is just two runs shy of his sixth Test ton, and second of the series.

In control: Usman Khawaja guides the ball away during his epic knock. © AAP In control: Usman Khawaja guides the ball away during his epic knock. As it has come in a dead rubber, it would be hard to compare Khawaja's epic 171 in quality and significance to any of Smith's series-defining contributions though it matched his captain for concentration.

England needed more than eight and a half hours to dislodge Australia's first choice No.3 - at home anyway.

"He's gotta be given the opportunity to bat all around the world. If you're going to be batting No.3 for Australia you've got to be given that chance," former captain Michael Clarke said on Channel Nine.

Khawaja's troubles abroad have come mainly in the spin-friendly conditions of the subcontinent though he should find the pitches in South Africa not dissimilar to those of home.

Shaun Marsh © Mark Evans/Getty Images Shaun Marsh His century here, his first since his day/night masterclass in Adelaide last season, will give him extra spring in his step when he lands in South Africa.

"He's always been a very good player. I think he's got so much time. I'm just rally pleased for him to get a big hundred out here," Smith said.

Although Joe Root's men are to be commended for not dropping their bundle like their predecessors four years ago, their mettle will be sternly tested on Sunday with temperatures expected to soar into the high 30s.

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.

Day to remember for Khawaja as Australia inflict more pain on England . He's out! Bradman record eludes Smith as skipper shows human side.

Day to remember for Khawaja as Australia inflict more pain on England . Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh ground along at a conservative scoring rate, earning plaudits for their concentration if not their entertainment value.

With six wickets still in hand, Australia will be looking to inflict hours more pain on an attack featuring a debutant, a second-gamer and an out-of-sorts Moeen Ali.

Usman Khawaja scored his sixth Test century. © Philip Brown/Getty Images Usman Khawaja scored his sixth Test century. The hosts' goal will be to bank as many runs as they can on the fourth day to avoid having to bat a second time then roll through an England line-up on a pitch that has started to play tricks.

Australia reached 4-479 at stumps on the third day, a lead of 133. If that advantage stretches beyond 200, England will have extra reason to count down the minutes to boarding time on the QF1 back to London.

Fine touch: Shaun Marsh pulls the ball as he moved towards another century against England. © AP Fine touch: Shaun Marsh pulls the ball as he moved towards another century against England. One man already feeling the pinch is Mason Crane, who has been roundly mocked by the large SCG crowds for his inability to nail his approach to the crease.

He, and England, paid a heavy price on the stroke of lunch when a no-ball, by a matter of millimetres, cost him the wicket of Khawaja on 132. That would have left Australia with two new batsmen at the crease while still 70 runs behind.

Khawaja hits 166 as Australia edge ahead in Sydney

  Khawaja hits 166 as Australia edge ahead in Sydney <p><g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_spell gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim ContextualSpelling ins-del multiReplace" data-gr-id="3" id="3">Mooen</g> Ali had stunned a packed house at the Sydney Cricket Ground by moving the apparently unmoveable when he dismissed Smith caught and bowled for 83 just before lunch to break his 188-run partnership with Khawaja.</p>Mooen Ali had stunned a packed house at the Sydney Cricket Ground by moving the apparently unmoveable when he dismissed Smith caught and bowled for 83 just before lunch to break his 188-run partnership with Khawaja.

Usman Khawaja hit a mammoth 171 and Shaun Marsh was approaching his sixth Test century as Australia eased 133 runs ahead of England on 479 for four after the third day .

Ashes 2017 - 18 : Australia v England , fifth Test, day two – as it happened. Alongside Smith was a contented Usman Khawaja . He has had a modest series but here he seized the chance to rectify ugly figures.


The leggie eventually claimed Khawaja for his maiden Test victim but the damage had well and truly been done. Khawaja and Shaun Marsh had added 101 for the fifth wicket to take their side into the lead.

There was more pain to come when the Marsh boys united. Mitchell had several narrow escapes against Crane but after taking 19 balls to get off the mark the runs flowed freely.

The all-rounder was particularly vicious on Ali's off-spin, crunching 16 off one over, and drove confidently against the quicks.


Marsh had a leg before wicket verdict against him overturned on 55 when the video umpire, somewhat contentiously, judged him to have hit the ball first. The ball tracker, however, had the delivery clearly wide of leg stump.

Usman Khawaja one of world's best: Watson .
Sydney Thunder BBL skipper Shane Watson has declared Usman Khawaja one of the best batsmen in the world.Just as he did two years ago, Khawaja looks capable of single-handedly carrying the Thunder to the Big Bash League title.

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