Usman Khawaja joined rare company with consecutive centuries in the Sydney Test on Saturday but said he doesn’t expect that will be enough to retain his place in the Australia squad for the final Ashes match. The stylish 35-year-old left-handed batsman scored 137 and an unbeaten 101 as the scorers of two centuries in the Sydney Test alongside Australian greats Doug Walters and Ricky Ponting, although admitted that it would be difficult to retain his place for the fifth Test. will not be sufficient. in Hobart. The Pakistan-born Khawaja came into the side only to isolate Covid victim Travis Head and made full use of his opportunity with fairytale twin centuries.
Captain Pat Cummins has already guaranteed Head will regain his place for Hobart and there are suggestions that this will be at the expense of Marcus Harris, who again missed his chance to cement his place in the Sydney Test.
He said, ‘To be honest, I batted at number five in this Test match and it was a lot of fun. I got runs but you can’t really compare five with the opening.
“It’s like apples and oranges. I know because I’ve had them both.”
“I came here for Travis Head, he’s had a great series and I know the selectors have made a lot of tough decisions this series and I really don’t expect it to be any different because I’ve had back-to-back Tons made.
He said, “It is like that. All I have done is that I have got a chance for Australia, scored some runs for which I am grateful.
“The hunger is still there. I have shown that I can still score runs at this level if the future gives myself a chance.”
Khawaja has delighted cricket watchers with his fluent strokeplay and was the main reason why England faced the challenge of chasing 388 runs in the final innings on the final day of Sunday.
Khawaja’s unbeaten century came in just 131 balls with 10 fours and two sixes as he reached triple figures with a powerful pull shot through mid-wicket.
This is his 10th Test century, and third against England – all of which have come at the SCG.
The only other Australian cricketer with three Ashes centuries at the SCG is the great Victor Trumper.
Khawaja has scored more runs in a Test than all other England batsmen except captain Joe Root.
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