Khawaja lets out 10 years of agony with Ashes ton

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Usman Khawaja threw his bat into the air, let loose a triumphant roar, and in a second 10 years of Ashes agony have been launched from his physique.

The star of Australia’s second day at Edgbaston, Khawaja went to stumps unbeaten on 126 with the guests 5-311 in reply to England’s 8(dec)-393.

Distinctive celebrations on reaching three figures are nothing new for Khawaja.

In his scintillating run since returning to the Check group as a 35-year-old final final 12 months, Khawaja has executed nearly every part however elevating the bat.

Up to now, he’s celebrated half-centuries by dabbing, different centuries by dancing and has even impersonated Lebron James.

However even by his requirements, Saturday’s response was distinctive.

After late-cutting Ben Stokes to the third-man boundary, Khawaja charged down the wicket, leapt, threw his bat within the air and yelled in celebration.

This one had been a very long time coming.

Khawaja was dropped on the 2013 and 2019 Ashes excursions, and wasn’t even picked for 2015.

There had been discuss he couldn’t play in England, too prone to edging a swinging ball.

Earlier than this innings, Khawaja had averaged 17.78 within the nation.

“(The celebration) was a mix of three Ashes excursions in England, being dropped in two of them,” Khawaja, along with his three-year-old daughter Aisha subsequent to him within the press convention, stated.

“I’m getting sprayed by the gang as I’m strolling on the market as we speak and as I’m going to the nets they’re saying that I can’t rating runs in England, so guess it was extra emotional than regular.

“I really feel like I’m saying this on a regular basis, similar factor occurred in India.

“It’s not that I’ve some extent to show, nevertheless it’s good to exit and rating runs for Australia simply to indicate everybody that the final 10 years haven’t been a fluke.”

Khawaja has confirmed time and time once more he’s a brand new man up to now 18 months since his recall on the SCG in January 2022.

He has averaged 69.88 since that time, hit seven centuries and answered his critics in Asia and now in England.

The opener barely supplied an edge throughout the six-and-a-half hours he has spent on the crease.

He has pulled something brief, pushed via the covers with precision and brought on Moeen Ali with glee in his 14 boundaries and two sixes.

Khawaja couldn’t bear to have a look at images from his final tour of England as soon as. Now he is able to make his remaining journey to the nation for Check cricket an enormous one.

— AAP


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