Usman Khawaja notches third straight century in two SCG Tests as Australia heaps more pain on South Africa

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Usman Khawaja notches third straight century in two SCG Tests as Australia heaps more pain on South Africa

Usman Khawaja has shone once again on the site of his famous return to the Australian Test team last year, notching a career-high 195 not out on day two against South Africa at the SCG.

Khawaja made twin centuries in the penultimate Ashes Test last year when he was recalled to the Test team for the first time since 2019 and continued along that route with his third straight ton at the ground in the final Test against the Proteas.

However, once again, Sydney’s weather intervened to leave him stranded five runs short of his first Test double century, as an early stumps was called with Australia 4-475.

His day two performance was simply sublime, barely offering a chance to the increasingly frustrated South African attack, an attack whose spirit has been collectively crushed by Australia’s batting domination.

Khawaja — who was given the Alan McGilvray medal for the ABC’s Test cricketer of the year in 2022 in the morning before play started — reached 100, with an average of 115, in seven Tests at the SCG, having scored four centuries in Sydney.

He ended the day still unbeaten, averaging just under 131.

Usman Khawaja raises his bat walking off the SCG
Usman Khawaja has four Test centuries at the Sydney Cricket Ground.(Getty Images: Cameron Spencer)

“There’s a lot of special feelings here,” he told Fox Sports as he left the ground for lunch.

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