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Series Around the Ashes: Khawaja writes his name in gold

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On Saturday, Usman Khawaja became the 87th player since 1909 to score two hundreds in a Test match. (Photo: David Gray / AFP)

Sometimes you need a lot of luck on your part when you play cricket.

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja immortalized his name in the record books in Sydney on Saturday when he became the 87th player since 1909 to score two hundreds in a Test match.

Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan but emigrated to Australia with his parents as a young boy, scored 137 and 101 * innings in the fourth Test of the Ashes series against England to put his team in an almost unassailable position. farm.

After the Aussies scored 416/8 in their first innings (innings closed), they declared their second innings closed on 265/6.

This left England, who scored 294 in their first innings, tasked with scoring 388 runs for a win.

By extra time on day four, England had 30/0, another 358 runs on this side ʼn victory.

Khawaja was initially not in the Aussies’ Test squad and replaced Travis Head who suffered Covid-19.

Khawaja took his chance with both hands and the selectors are now sitting with a tameletjie, because how can they leave him out for the fifth test?

On the other hand, Head scored 152, 51, 69 and 27 in the first three Tests and can certainly not be left out either.

* Five South Africans (on six occasions) also achieved the milestone of two hundreds in a test.

Alan Melville and Bruce Mitchell both managed it in the series between South Africa and England in 1947, but South Africa had to wait until 1995 in Kolkata before Gary Kirsten (114 and 123 *) could score two hundreds in the same Test against India. .

Jacques Kallis has done this twice, namely in 2007 in Karachi against Pakistan when he scored 155 and 100 * and again in 2011 at Newlands when he scored 161 and 109 * against India.

Hashim Amla achieved this in 2010 against India in Kolkata when he scored innings of 114 and 123 *.

Salman Sahr

Salman is a journalist at UsamaSpeaks.com and he deals with Latest News, World News, and Business News. Salman is a very professional and authentic news journalist.

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