Khawaja's twin centuries highlight Australia's dominance

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08 Jan 2022 | 02:37 PM
authorShweta Haranhalli

Khawaja's twin centuries highlight Australia's dominance

Here are some of the noteworthy stats from day four of the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Usman Khawaja enthralled the fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a masterclass as he smashed his second hundred of the game to propel Australia to 265/6 in the second innings.

Reeling at 84/4, the southpaw forged a 179-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Cameron Green to bail Australia out of early jitters. Green contributed a well compiled 74 off 122 deliveries to help the hosts score some quick runs and declare with a lead of 387 runs. 

In reply, the opening combination of Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed started the innings steadily and ensured England end the day unscathed with 30 runs on the board. 

 Khawaja joins an elite list 

En route to his sublime knock of 101 not out, the 35-year old etched his name in the record books to become the third player to score a hundred in each innings of a Test match at the SCG. 

Making a comeback in the playing XI, Khawaja smashed 137 runs in the first innings and followed it up with a quickfire hundred off 138 deliveries which was studded with ten boundaries and two sixes to power Australia to a massive total in the second innings. 

Kevin Walters was the first player to achieve this milestone by scoring 242 and 103 against West Indies in 1969, followed by Ricky Ponting's heroics of 120 and 143* against South Africa in 2006. Khawaja is also the 9th player to score a century in both the innings of an Ashes Test. 

With 137 and 101 not out, Khawaja amassed 238 runs, making him the first player in this century to score 200+ runs in a match batting at number five or lower. Steve Waugh was the last player to achieve this feat at Manchester in 1997 with scores of 108 and 116. 

Steve Smith's sublime run 

One of the mainstays in the batting unit of the Australian side, Steve Smith, breached yet another milestone as he became the second-fastest player to score 3000 runs against an opposition. 

The right-handed batter achieved this record in 54 innings. Sir Don Bradman is on top of the list by smashing 3000 runs against England in 38 innings.

Smith also become the fourth Australian player to score 3000 runs in the Ashes with 3017 runs, with Bradman topping the chart with 5028 runs in 63 innings.  

Scott Boland's dream start to international cricket 

After a fairytale debut on his home ground, Scott Boland continued to impress with his consistency in the fourth Test match at the SCG. The pacer scalped returned figures of 4-36 in his 14.1 overs to help the home team bundle out England for 294 runs. 

With 11 wickets in four innings, the 32-year old has an average of 8.7 in Test cricket, which is the joint-best along with Charles Marriot among players with a minimum of ten wickets.

Ollie Pope's impressive day behind the stumps 

Injuries to Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow in the first innings resulted in the England team management acquiring the services of Ollie Pope behind the wickets in the second innings. The 24-year old last kept for the England side in November 2019 against New Zealand in Hamilton. 

Despite a couple of years hiatus from the keeping duties, Pope was impressive behind the stumps and accounted for four catches, equalling the record for the most catches by a substitute fielder in an innings. 

Younis Khan against Bangladesh in 2001 and Wriddhiman Saha versus Australia in 2021 are the other two players with four catches each. 

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