Khawaja entered the history books on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at the
SCG, following up his emotional century in the first innings with another
terrific ton in the second on his home ground. Returning to the Test team for
the first time in over two years, Khawaja became the third batter to hit two
tons in Sydney and only the ninth player in Ashes history to score twin centuries
in a match. Khawaja’s unbeaten 101 off just 138 balls took Australia to 265 for
six in their second innings, helping the hosts set England a daunting total of
388 to win the fourth Test.
began with Australia cleaning up the English tail in just nine overs, with the
tourists dismissed for 294 on the back of Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 113. Taking
a first innings lead of 122, the hosts were put in a slight position of
discomfort early on as David Warner edged behind to Ollie Pope in the sixth
over, who was on the field as the substitute keeper due to injuries to Buttler
The rest of
Australia’s top four – Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith – all got
starts but couldn’t kick on, departing in a 10-over spell either side of Lunch
to leave the hosts reeling at 86 for four. However, from then on, it was the
Usman Khawaja show at the SCG, as the 35-year-old shared an imperious 179-run
partnership with Cameron Green – the highest of the series – to take Australia
to a commanding position in the Test match.
showed plenty of discipline before Tea, seeing out some tricky spells from the
English bowlers before switching gears emphatically post the interval. The
left-hander once again dominated the English spinners – Jack Leach and Joe Root
– scoring 66 runs off his last 64 balls and bringing the Sydney crowd to its
feet for the second time in the match as he brought up his tenth Test ton.
given good company by all-rounder Cameron Green, who survived a tough
examination from Jack Leach before coming into his own after Tea, dismantling
Mark Wood with authority before eventually top-edging one off the left-arm
spinner for 74, his second-highest score in Test cricket.
eventually declared on 265, giving England 11 overs to survive before stumps
and the openers – Haseeb Hameed and Zak Crawley – did well to end the day
unscathed, putting on the visitors’ best opening partnership of the series at
30 for no loss.