AAP Australian Sports – DUBAI, Oct 11 AAP – Once considered a liability in Asian conditions, Usman Khawaja has defied his doubters with a hard-fought century in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.

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  • DUBAI, Oct 11 AAP – Once considered a liability in Asian conditions, Usman Khawaja has defied his doubters with a hard-fought century in the first Test against Pakistan in Dubai.
  • Khawaja’s seventh Test century and first in Asia came from 224 balls, the left-hander combining with Travis Head (72) for a 137-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
  • With Australia’s batsmen preaching the need to bat for time, Khawaja endured 175 balls in the calamitous first innings and took a similarly patient approach in the second.
  • Australia’s left-handed batsmen – Khawaja, Head, Shaun Marsh and 12th man Matthew Renshaw – convened with coach Justin Langer in the middle of Dubai International Cricket Stadium after play.
  • Head revealed Khawaja had provided advice on how best to handle the conditions after offspinner Bilal Asif ran through the left-handers.

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