Usman Khawaja is not hopeful of finding a spot in the playing XI for the 5th Ashes Test despite twin hundreds in the Sydney Cricket Ground in the ongoing 4th Test against England.

“At the moment I’m not really expecting to play the next test match, but I’ll always be ready for whatever happens,” Khawaja said on Saturday.

“Who knows, someone else might get COVID, something might happen. You got to stay ready.”

While it’s highly unlikely England will defy SCG history and chase down a near 400-run target, Crawley (22 not out) and Haseeb (eight not out) helped give England a glimmer of hope that it may yet save the game and achieve its best result so far in the series.

“With some of the injuries we’ve got we’re going to need whether it is two, three or four players to really stand up and bat for a long time,” said Thorpe. “What I want to see is us play positively and have a good mental approach to it.”

“I thought tonight our approach from Zak and Hass (Haseeb) was very good. I thought they moved well, you could see their intent.”

Rain is also forecast for Sydney on Sunday which may assist England’s cause in playing for a draw.

“(It will) be interesting to see how tomorrow plays,” said Khawaja. “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 if we can keep asking questions over and over again I think we’re a chance.”

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