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05-Jan-2023 16:41:00 GMT
Aus vs SA - 3rd Test, SCG, day 2

Khawaja, Smith and Head pummel South Africa

Australia 475 for 4 (Khawaja 195*, Smith 104, Head 70, Nortje 2-55) vs South Africa

Sydney: Australia opener Usman Khawaja has continued his remarkable recent run of form at the SCG by joining an exclusive list of players to have scored three consecutive centuries at the iconic Sydney venue.

Khawaja brought up his 13th Test century and third on the trot at the SCG when he pulled South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada for two runs during the opening session on the second day of the third Test against the Proteas on Thursday.

It means the left-hander has now scored triple figures in three straight Test knocks in Sydney, following centuries in both innings of the Ashes Test against England at the ground at the start of last year.

Just three other players have previously completed that feat, with Australia duo Wally Hammond and Doug Walters and India great VVS Laxman now joined by Khawaja following another century by the Australia veteran.

The 36-year-old scored a whopping 1080 runs at an average of 67.50 from the 11 matches he featured in last year and is nominated alongside Rabada and England duo Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow for the coveted award.

While Khawaja's latest heroics won't help him win the gong for Test Cricketer of the Year in 2022, his innings is going a long way in ensuring Australia clinch a place at June's ICC World Test Championship final.

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