‘Usman Khawaja just delivered the biggest selection “f*** you” of all time!’ Fans go wild after Australia batsman’s second century in fourth Ashes Test with one even calling to ‘build him a statue’
- Usman Khawaja has been the star of the show in the fourth Ashes Test at SCG
- He backed up his century in the first innings with magnificent unbeaten 101
- It was the first time he had been picked this series and came in for Travis Head
- Fans on social media lavished praise on Khawaja, one asking for a statue
Fans took to social media in their droves to lavish praise on the magnificent Usman Khawaja after his second century in the fourth Ashes Test.
Australia declared with Khawaja on 101 not out, backing up his magnificent 137 from the first innings on his comeback Test.
Khawaja was only given the chance to play after Travis Head was ruled out with Covid and cricket fans from around the world revelled in his incredible return to the team.
Usman Khawaja scored a century in both innings’ of the fourth Ashes Test match
The batsman was sensational again and Australia declared with him unbeaten on 101
One wrote: ‘Build Usman Khawaja a statue. The fact he hasn’t fit into our best 11 for two years is beyond me.’
Another added: ‘What a comeback performance by Usman Khawaja!! Well and truly silenced any doubts he can excel at Test level.’
There are a number of tweets calling out the selectors, with one summing up the sentiment: ‘Usman Khawaja just delivered the biggest selection ‘f*** you’ of all time.’
Another wrote: ‘From being exiled in Tests to being the star of an Ashes Test. What a comeback!’
While one posted: ‘Great knocks mate! Surely the selection panel can’t drop a bloke who double tons…’
The SCG saluted the home hero after he helped put Australia well on top in the game
In the BT Sport studio, former England captain Alistair Cook added: ‘Amazing three or four days in his life.
‘He’s been given this unexpected chance due to Covid. Two hundred in a game is an extraordinary effort and the wicket might have got a little bit easier. It’s a pleasure to watch and an extraordinary game for them.’
It was a busy century in the second innings from the 35-year-old, who made his 101 from 138 balls.
It included 10 fours and two sixes, with Australia setting a big chase of 388 to win the match. Khawaja must surely play in the final Test of the series and a century in both innings’ must make him undroppable for the time being.
Head, who he replaced, has also been playing well in the Ashes and notched a memorable century of his own so it will be interesting to see who the selectors leave out.
Khawaja scored 10 fours and hit two sixes in his busy innings to reach the 101 mark