Usman Khawaja‘s dream return to Test cricket continue as he smashed another ton in the ongoing fourth Ashes Test against England in Sydney. The left-handed batter made a brilliant 137 in the first innings and carried on the momentum on Day 4 with a scintillating hundred in the second innings.
Hundreds in each innings of Ashes Tests by Australians:
- Warren Bardsley (The Oval 1909)
- Arthur Morris (Adelaide 1947)
- Steve Waugh (Old Trafford 1997)
- Matthew Hayden (Gabba 2002)
- Steve Smith (Edgbaston 2019)
- Usman Khawaja (Sydney Cricket Ground 2022)
It was Khawaja’s tenth century in the longest format. He was well supported by all-rounder Cameron Green, who scored 74 from the other end. The pair went on to form a dominating partnership of 179 runs for the fifth wicket to shift the momentum in hosts’ favour.
Khawaja remained unbeaten on 101 before Aussie skipper Pat Cummins declared Australia’s second innings at 265/6, giving England a mighty target of 388 runs to win the Sydney Test.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
You bloody beauty Uz!!! 😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) January 8, 2022
Put in the work,,,Stay ready,,,,seize your opportunity;;::: Usman Khawaja life lessons. Comeback for the ages!!!!
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) January 8, 2022
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) January 8, 2022
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) January 8, 2022
The Khawaja 100 moment pic.twitter.com/rb4RXBn4FI
— Daniel Cherny (@DanielCherny) January 8, 2022
The sound of the crowd chanting Uuuuuuuzie, Uuuuuuuzie was really sweet, which is an odd description, but it just was. Phenomenal performance. #Ashes
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) January 8, 2022
Wow @Uz_Khawaja. What a story. Keep plugging away, keep knocking on the door and once it opens, make the world yours. Such an inspiration.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 8, 2022
Century in each innings in an #Ashes Test match for Australia
– Warren Bardsley (in 1909)
– Arthur Morris (1947+)
– Steve Waugh (1997)
– Matt Hayden (2002+)
– Steve Smith (2019)
– Usman Khawaja (2022+)
+ at home#Ashes2021 #AshesTest #AusvEng #AusvsEng#EngvAus #EngvsAus
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 8, 2022
A century each innings for Khawaja, only the 3rd time the famous old SCG has seen twin centuries in a Test #ashes 👏🏼 👏🏼
— Alison Mitchell (@AlisonMitchell) January 8, 2022
Hundred in each innings for Usman Khawaja in the SCG Test. What a comeback! He looked so determined. Has made it count. Will be a key player for Australia when they play in the subcontinent #Ashes
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 8, 2022