Usman Khawaja returned to hang-out England Thursday with a trendy century 4 years after plundering one other huge Ashes hundred on the similar floor as Australia took a agency grip of thein Sydney. The Pakistan-born Khawaja, enjoying his first Check because the 2019 Ashes sequence in England instead of Covid-isolated Travis Head, was at his unflappable greatest in compiling 137 off 260 balls to place Australia in cost after a declaration at 416 for eight.
Nathan Lyon smoked Stuart Broad for six over mid-wicket to immediate captain Pat Cummins to finish the innings and provides Australia’s tempo assault seven overs on the weary Englishmen who had toiled for 134 overs within the area. Mitchell Starc was 34 not out on the declaration.
England survived unscathed to the shut at 13 with out loss with Haseeb Hameed on two and Zak Crawley not out two.
– Crawley reprieve –
Crawley loved an enormous reprieve earlier than he had scored when he was caught by David Warner at slip just for Starc to be no-balled for over-stepping.
Khawaja, dropped by Joe Root on 28, made probably the most of his recall and was lastly dismissed late within the day giving Broad his fifth wicket.
Khawaja appeared set to be there on the finish however an inside edge off Broad cannoned on to his stumps to finish his mighty knock and he left the sphere to a rousing reception.
His ninth Check century got here 4 years after his 171 towards England on the similar Sydney Cricket Floor, but it surely is probably not sufficient to maintain his spot for the ultimate Hobart Check later this month with Brisbane centurion Head anticipated to be obtainable for choice.
The elegant 35-year-old left-hander appeared within the groove, affected person together with his shot choice to disclaim the vacationers after Broad had made a double breakthrough after lunch.
Khawaja introduced up his century within the over earlier than tea when he whipped spinner Jack Leach behind deep backward sq. for 3.
Khawaja had a let-off on 28 earlier than lunch when Root fumbled a superb probability at slip off Leach after which made the vacationers pay dearly.
Khawaja’s affected person knock stabilised the Australian first innings after Broad had dismissed Steve Smith and Cameron Inexperienced in a double breakthrough.
Broad struck twice with the second new ball, eradicating the thretening Smith for 67 and younger all-rounder Inexperienced for 5.
Broad, following up on his thirteenth Check dismissal of ‘bunny’ David Warner on the opening day, received Smith for the ninth time within the Ashes, on this event caught behind.
– Tentative Inexperienced –
Smith was irritated with himself as he left the wicket as he appeared in good nick to attain a twenty eighth Check century, twelfth within the Ashes and fourth on the SCG.
Throughout his knock Smith grew to become Australia’s seventh-highest Check run-scorer, passing present workforce coach Justin Langer’s 7,696 runs. He now has scored 7,734 runs at 60.89.
Broad adopted up with the wicket of the tentative Inexperienced, who lunged ahead and received a thick edge to Zak Crawley at third slip.
Broad went on to take the wicket of Cummins with a vicious rearing supply for twenty-four and Khawaja to complete the day with 5-101 off 29 overs.
In one other blow for England, star all-rounder Ben Stokes pulled up bowling his 14th over clutching his left facet after a short-pitched supply to Smith and instantly left the sphere for remedy.
He later returned to the sphere however was unable to bowl.
Root, pressured into bowling his off-spin within the absence of Stokes, snared the wicket of Alex Carey for 13.
The Ashes are already gone for England after taking place by an innings and 14 runs inside three days within the third Check at Melbourne to offer Australia a 3-0 lead with two Checks to finish.
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