SYDNEY: Usman Khawaja was stalled just short of a double century climax when rain halted Australia’s run-in loot against South Africa in Sydney’s Third Test on Thursday.
In another dominant day for the Australians with the series already won, Khawaja notched a compelling unbeaten 195 – his highest score on the test – while Steve Smith overtook Don Bradman’s century with his 30th cent.
At the end of the second day in the rain, Australia was 475 for four with Matt Renshaw – who tested positive for Covid-19 at the start of the game – five steps out.
The races continued to flow into another demoralizing day for the Proteas.

Khawaja and Smith shared a 209 race stand and Travis head slammed the lead with a searing 59-ball 70 to leave the visitors once again faced with the daunting task of preventing Australia from claiming a shutout series.
Khawaja surpassed his previous highest score of 174 against New Zealand in Brisbane in 2015.
Smith topped Bradman’s 29 hundred test with a majestic shot from Anrich Nortje to the boundary ropes to claim a hometown hundred balls from 190 balls.
He was out two balls later for 104 when he innocently reduced a hold to Keshav Maharaj for the first wicket in the series from the left arm spinner.

Along the way Smith also passed Michael Clarke to become Australia’s fourth best tester with 8,647 behind Ricky Ponting, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.
Only Ponting (41) and Waugh (32) have scored more Test centuries for Australia than Smith, who is just behind the immortal Bradman (99.94) with a current Test average of 60.89 during his 92nd test match.
Meanwhile Khawaja relentlessly racked up his third consecutive Sydney Test hundred try and when the rain ended the game with 14 overs remaining he had faced 368 balls with 19 fours and a six.
Before lunch, Khawaja danced a celebratory jig after cutting Kagiso Rabada for two through a deep square to bring another hundred to his most productive ground, where he averaged 98 before this test.

It followed twin centuries against England in last year’s corresponding Sydney Test.
“I grew up here just up the road and my family is watching here, I have friends in the crowd, it’s always an honor to score points here,” Khawaja said.
“It’s a slow wicket and if we have good weather it will definitely break and the first innings will be crucial.”
Only England Wally HammondAustralia’s Doug Walters and India’s VVS Laxman scored three consecutive Test centuries at Sydney’s famous cricket ground.
Head hit another typical choppy half-century before being brilliantly caught in the ropes by replacement outfielder Rassie van der Dussen off Rabada.

The Aussies have already wrapped up the three-game series after hammering the Proteas by an innings and 182 runs in Melbourne following their six-wicket rout in the first Brisbane game in two days.
So far in this one-sided three Test series, the Australians have amassed 1,303 runs for the loss of 26 wickets – at an average per wicket of 50. South Africa, on the other hand, have 644 runs for the loss from 40 wickets to 16.1.
As well as continuing a run of whitewashing, Australia are trying to secure a place in the ICC World Test Championship final in London in June.


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