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Ashes 2021-22: Usman Khawaja stuns with tonne as Cam Green fights to hold his spot

Usman Khawaja’s heartwarming Ashes century has heaped the pressure on WA gun allrounder Cam Green, who again failed to make an impact with the bat.

Green hit the international scene last summer with a bang and while in his debut Ashes series he’s been a more than handy fourth seamer, the number six is struggling for runs.

The 22-year-old managed just a streaky five before he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to Zak Crawley at third slip, the fourth time in five innings he’s been dismissed for under 20 this series.

He has just 57 runs at an average of 14.25, with a top score of 33 not out.

Khawaja, 35, top scored for Australia with 137 as they declared at 8-416 at the SCG, giving selectors plenty of headaches ahead of the fifth and final Test of the summer in Hobart starting next Friday.

England got to stumps unscathed at 0-13 after Crawley survived an early change, with Mitchell Starc overstepping, giving the opener a life after he edged the delivery to David Warner at first slip.

Usman Khawaja leaps for joy after scoring an Ashes century at the SCG.
Camera IconUsman Khawaja leaps for joy after scoring an Ashes century at the SCG. Credit: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Green has just the one half in 12 Test innings, but has shown plenty with the ball this summer, taking seven wickets at an average of 11.

But with an in-form Travis Head set to return for the next Test after recovering from COVID-19, which forced him to isolate in Melbourne after the Boxing Day Test, and Khawaja coming off a century, his spot is anything but assured.

Head scored 248 runs at 62 in the first three Tests before contracting the virus.

Former Australian spinner Kerry O’Keefe said Green had plenty to work on for his batting technique as a tall man despite dominating at Sheffield Shield level for a number of seasons.

“I don’t think Cameron Green is yet at that stage where his movements can get him closer to the ball, so Broad can bowl a length where he has to push out at it to try to control it and if he moves, he knicks it,” O’Keefe told Fox Cricket.

“(Former England batter) Kevin Pietersen realised I’ve got to get my eyes closer to the ball, so my trigger is to drop my hips so I am at the ball.

“Cameron Green is attempting to do that because he didn’t have to do it in Shield cricket, which he dominated because he was such a force. He was so intimidating with his height.

“But in Test cricket they bowl a length which compromises you if you’re not at the ball.”

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