Usman Khawaja was at loss of words to describe his achievement of twin hundreds in the fourth Ashes Test against England. On Saturday, the left hander scored an unbeaten 101 in the second innings as Australia declared at 265/6 to set England a target of 388.
"No, not really. I don't think it's sunk in yet," Khawaja said in the press conference after the day's play.
"I've always wanted to score a century in both innings in first-class cricket and never done it. I wasn't really sure if I was gonna do it. It didn't really matter to me, now that I've played so long. I'm like it's not the end of the world. Not a big deal, but it's just a nice tick off and has put the team in a situation where hopefully we can try to win. Look, it all worked out pretty well. it doesn't always happen in life and cricket. It's special," he said.
The south paw was also full of praise for allrounder Cameroon Green with whom he shared a 179-run stand for the fifth wicket. Green, who has been unable to make a mark with the bat so far, scored a fluent 74 to put the hosts in command of the match.
"It was awesome, he batted beautifully. Greeny scores so many runs against Queensland, I hate playing against him in Shield cricket," Khawaja said.
The 35-year old spoke about their conversations about spin which worked out for the youngster.
"I was just talking to him as much as I could, just about what we're trying to do out there. He was talking about spin and I was telling him what options I thought he should take. Just try to give him reassurance especially at the start. You could tell he's a little bit nervous at the start - and just trying to give him reassurance of what he needs to do."
Khawaja also spoke about the cracks on the SCG pitch which posed quite a few problems for the batters.
"It's interesting. There's the odd spot there, which is horrible. It's just taking off and smacking you. It's only here and there, and you hope you can get out of the way of it or hit the gloves or something," he said.
England ended the day on 30/0 with openers Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed at crease. Khawaja was confident that his team will go 4-0 up in the series.
"It will be interesting to see how tomorrow plays out. Fingers-crossed, we get some good weather because we probably need all those 98 overs that we have. It's going to be a bit of a grind, but I think if we can keep on that grind for long enough and just keep asking questions over and over and over again. I think we're in with a chance. I'd be surprised if they don't try to go for the total. And, hopefully, tomorrow can be a really good day of Test cricket," he said.