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Yet another ODI ton from Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has gone from strength to strength on the tour of India, posting another ton to go a long way to securing his spot in Australia's World Cup squad.

Yet another ODI ton from Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja has gone from strength to strength on the tour of India, posting another ton to go a long way to securing his spot in Australia's World Cup squad.

USMAN KHAWAJA of Australia celebrates after reaching his century during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
USMAN KHAWAJA of Australia celebrates after reaching his century during the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Usman Khawaja is making a habit of shattering misconceptions.

A year ago, Khawaja was regarded as a poor player of spin, lackadaisical, and very much a Test specialist.


Now, the veteran has reverse-swept his way to the top of the run-scoring charts in the ODI series between Australia and India.

The left-hander produced his maiden ODI ton in Ranchi last Friday, backed it up with 91 in Chandigarh then hit another century in the Delhi series decider.

On current form it is hard to envisage how Khawaja, who reached 50 in four of his five innings during the five-match series, could be left out of Australia's 15-man World Cup squad.

Khawaja reached three figures in 130 minutes on Wednesday, taking just 102 balls to put his side in the box seat to post an imposing total and complete their first ODI series win in over two years.

Khawaja's laid-back demeanour has often been confused for apathy but his celebration in the fifth one-dayer, when he punched the air while leaping in delight, showed how much it meant to deliver yet again under pressure.

The 32-year-old has gone from strength to strength since earning an ODI recall at the start of the year, his first chance in the canary yellow since 2017 despite the national team's lean trot.

Khawaja shed 10 kilograms last year following the scandal-laden tour of South Africa, sending a clear message to new coach Justin Langer.

The arrest of Khawaja's brother made what he described as a "mentally taxing" summer for the batsman but he has continued to churn out the runs following a Test ton in Canberra last month.

Khawaja's chance-less knock in Delhi ended when he hammered the ball straight at Virat Kohli, who hurled the pill at the ground and roared in a fashion that underlined the importance of the breakthrough.

MOST RUNS THIS SERIES

*Usman Khawaja: 383 at 76.6 *Virat Kohli: 290 at 72.5 (yet to bat in 5th ODI).

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