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Khawaja hits century as Australia take management towards South Africa

SYDNEY: Usman Khawaja raised his third consecutive Sydney Take a look at century Thursday to guide an Australian run onslaught towards flailing South Africa within the third Take a look at.

Australia have been 266 for 2 at lunch on day two, with Khawaja unbeaten on 108 and Steven Smith 59.

Khawaja danced a celebratory jig after hitting Kagiso Rabada for 2 via deep sq. to convey up his thirteenth Take a look at hundred and third at his most efficient floor, the place he averaged 98 earlier than this New 12 months match.

Smith supplied assist along with his thirty eighth Take a look at half-century as Australia tightened its grip over the Proteas in pursuit of a collection clear sweep.

“I grew up right here simply up the highway and my household is right here watching, I’ve buddies out within the crowd, it’s all the time an honour to attain runs right here,” Khawaja stated.

“It’s a gradual wicket and if we maintain getting good climate it can positively break up and first innings runs can be essential.

“It might be a pleasant contest and a enjoyable little recreation arising on the fourth and fifth days.”

The elegant left-hander Khawaja introduced up his ton off 206 balls in 314 minutes. It adopted his twin centuries towards England in final yr’s corresponding Sydney Take a look at.

Solely England’s Wally Hammond and Australian Doug Walters have scored three consecutive Take a look at centuries on the well-known Sydney Cricket Floor.

The climate frustrations continued early on day two with the gamers leaving the sector after simply three overs, however play resumed shortly afterwards.

Smith struggled early towards the tempo of Rabada and Anrich Nortje on a juiced-up pitch that was sweating after the rain covers got here off.

Left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj went for 2 sixes off each Khawaja and Smith and was typically unthreatening within the morning session.

The Australians have already wrapped up the three-match collection after hammering the Proteas by an innings and 182 runs in Melbourne after their six-wicket rout within the opener in Brisbane inside two days.

Aside from the pursuit of a collection whitewash, Australia are attempting to lock in a spot within the ICC World Take a look at Championship ultimate in London in June. The Proteas nonetheless have an outdoor probability however should first trigger an upset in Sydney.

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