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Usman Khawaja posts crucial century in Sheffield Shield cricket clash between Queensland Bulls and South Australia Redbacks


Usman Khawaja has recovered from his recent slump in form to post a massive total on the third day of Queensland’s clash with South Australia.

Former testing star Usman Khawaja has emerged from his recent slump in form to post a crucial century on the third day of Queensland’s Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia.

The 34-year-old Khawaja managed just 45 runs in his first three innings of the summer, but just as his chances of getting a test retirement seemed to be fading, the Queensland skipper came up with a real captain’s shot.

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The Bulls had been on the defensive since their abysmal batting collapse on day one and needed a prolific second inning if they had any chance of keeping the Redbacks at bay.

Enter Khawaja.

His steady association with Marnus Labuschagne gave him 77 runs, but Khawaja was unfazed when the star hitter was sent packing. On a much less batter-friendly wicket than the Karen Rolton Oval, where his team played its last Shield match, the captain brought in his 31st first-class hundred.

He was lucky on his side – the Redbacks knocked him down on the 19th on day two and on day three, the referee was unmoved by what appeared to be a textbook catch from goalie Alex Carey.

On the stumps, Khawaja was unbeaten in 158 races, which was more than all of the Queensland XI posted in the first innings. Jimmy Peirson’s 89 helped the Bulls finish the day at 4-370, 242 runs ahead of South Australia.

Khawaja hasn’t played test cricket since he was knocked down in the middle of the last Ashes in August 2019, but his versatility could play into his hand if he can maintain this form: Khawaja opened up the batting and was placed in the middle order in the test level. .

If Marnus Labuschagne’s unique combination of celebration and appeal amused cricket fans in the clash with Tasmania, a moment during their stint through the fold on Sunday would have left them in stitches.

On strike on the third day, Labuschagne was hit in the most sensitive areas by a goalkeeper of former teammate Brendan Doggett.

Labuschagne fell to his knees and remained on the ground for about 10 minutes.

“From experience, it’s not a good place to get hit and there’s not much you can do,” Tom Cooper said in a comment.

Labuschagne was able to continue and went on to post the slowest 40+ score of his first-class career, facing 179 balls before Nathan McAndrew fired him from LBW with 45.

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