After scoring a superb century at a vital stage for his workforce within the ongoing fourth Ashes Check, Usman Khawaja has acknowledged that he’s dwelling the Australian dream. Khawaja changed Travis Head in Australia taking part in XI for the Sydney Check because the latter is present process a seven-day isolation interval.
After successful the toss within the fourth Ashes Check, Australia selected to bat first, and Usman Khawaja’s ninth take a look at century lifted the hosts to 416/8 earlier than declaring the innings. Khawaja, who’s taking part in his first Check match since 2019, changed Travis Head in Australia taking part in XI for the pink-ball fixture in Sydney because the latter is present process a seven-day covid isolation interval.
Khwaja anchored the Australia batting innings, and stitched up a vital 115-run stand together with Steve Smith (67). The left-hand batsman scored a superb century on his Check return after two years, and dominated the England bowlers all through the primary innings. Khawaja notched up 137 runs from 260 balls with 13 boundaries to place Australia in a commanding place. Khawaja’s ninth Check century got here 4 years after his knock of 171 runs in opposition to England on the identical venue.
Reflecting on his stellar efficiency within the Sydney Check, Khawaja reckoned that he’s dwelling the Australian dream. The southpaw additional added that it was an incredible feeling after scoring the hundred in entrance of a cheering crowd.
“It was most likely probably the most touching, humbling, and superb feeling after getting that hundred. Everybody (within the crowd) went up and there have been chants of Uzi as I used to be coming off the sphere. I by no means anticipated it to occur,” Khawaja mentioned on the press convention.“It normally occurs to bowlers, batters don’t normally get that form of therapy. So, to have that was unbelievable,” he added.
“I joke across the boys about my previous and the place I’ve come from. We speak concerning the American dream. I name this the Australian workforce. I joke about it however I’m very severe. I’m dwelling the Australian dream. My dad and mom got here right here from Pakistan to present me a greater life. Now, I’m representing Australia in our nationwide sport, one thing which I’ve liked doing,” mentioned Khawaja.
“I’ve gone rather a lot by means of onerous occasions, broke down many limitations to get to the place I’m proper now. I believe, at some stage, folks can relate to that. The love which I’ve obtained right here immediately is one thing particular, one thing I’ll always remember,” he additional added.
Nevertheless, regardless of scoring a vital hundred for his workforce within the first innings of the Sydney Check, Khawaja just isn’t anticipating to play the ultimate fixture of the five-match sequence as Head will probably be out there for the Hobart Check.
“I knew it was one recreation for the sequence. Heady’s going to be again subsequent recreation, he will be match. I am changing him,” Khawaja mentioned.