In the ongoing Ashes 2023 cricket series between England and Australia, an unconventional field set-up employed by England’s Ben Stokes caught the attention of cricket fans. The strategy was aimed at restricting Usman Khawaja, who had scored a century in the previous innings, from making significant runs. Stokes positioned six fielders in catching positions, leaving little room for Khawaja to score in front of the wicket.
During the match, England’s Ollie Robinson bowled a yorker-length delivery, tempting Khawaja to dance down the pitch in an attempt to breach the six fielders. However, Khawaja miscued his shot, resulting in the ball crashing into his stumps and ending his innings.
Khawaja’s Impressive Batting Performance
Usman Khawaja, Australia’s explosive opener, had an exceptional batting performance on Day 2 of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Despite Australia losing wickets at regular intervals, Khawaja displayed resilience and skill. He formed an essential 81-run partnership with Travis Head for the fourth wicket, with both batsmen reaching their half-centuries.
Khawaja continued to contribute to Australia’s dominance on Day 2 by forging a 72-run stand for the fifth wicket with Ashes debutant Cameron Green. His outstanding performance allowed Australia to establish a commanding position in the match.
Usman Khawaja’s Milestone Century
Shortly after Green’s dismissal, Usman Khawaja achieved a significant milestone by reaching his maiden Test century on English soil. He achieved this feat by hitting a boundary off Ben Stokes in the 69th over. It took Khawaja 199 deliveries to reach the three-figure mark. This century marked his 15th Test century overall and his fourth against England.
Reactions to Khawaja’s Century
Following Khawaja’s century, his teammate Travis Head spoke about the achievement in an interview with Sky Sports. Head expressed relief for Khawaja, stating that it lifted a significant burden off his shoulders. As an international cricketer, Khawaja had faced criticism for not performing well overseas in recent times. However, his determination and ability to navigate the initial challenges allowed him to play beautifully and reach the milestone.
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