Usman Khawaja’s ninth test century lifted Australia to an imposing 416-8 declared before England’s openers survived a nervous five overs to be 13 without loss at the end of the second day of the fourth Ashes Test.
Playing his first test since 2019 and only in the team because of Travis Head’s positive test for COVID-19, Khawaja made the most of the opportunity as he first shared a century partnership with Steve Smith and then anchored Australia’s innings with his 137 from 260 balls after England’s bowlers fought back with the second new ball on Thursday.
Following Khawaja’s splendid knock, former Australia pacer Chadd Sayers told Shane Warne to ‘shut up’ after the former spinner had been critical of his selection in the Playing XI.
“Australia has been waiting Mitchell Marsh to come good but Khawaja was included in the side. As a bowler, I would love to bowl to Khawaja and not Marsh,” he said.
On his official Twitter profile, Sayers wrote, “Shane Warne keeps bagging his own Aussie players. Went hard at Starc – Wrong and now Uzzie – wrong #shutup.”
Sayers also slammed the former leg-spinner for criticizing Mitchell Marsh, who had bowled beautifully in the Ashes 2021-22. Warner had questioned his selection as well.
“He needs to find a bit of rhythm and some form,” Warne had said of Starc. “He had a poor [T20] World Cup.
“He’s just not bowling well enough. It’s too important at the Gabba. So I’m all for Jhye Richardson.”