Usman Khawaja says it’s humorous that individuals are speaking about Steve Smith’s Check century drought given the previous skipper remains to be constantly producing massive scores.

Smith minimize a pissed off determine after being dismissed for 59 on day one of many third Check in opposition to Pakistan in Lahore.

The 32-year-old mixed with Khawaja (91) for a vital 138-run stand to assist settle the ship after Australia had crashed to 2-8.

Smith’s most up-to-date Check century got here in opposition to India in January, 2021.

Since then he has batted 14 instances within the Check area and produced seven half-centuries, together with scores of 93, 81, 78, and 72.

Smith’s newest half-century helped Australia attain 5-232 at stumps on day one, and Khawaja feels it’s only a matter of time earlier than the star batsman reaches triple figures once more.

“I’m certain he’s pissed off in some respects,” Khawaja stated.

“He’s, for my part, the best batsman I’ve seen in my period, averaging 60 just about his complete Check profession.

“I’m nonetheless in awe in what number of runs he’s scored over an extended time period.

“I discover it so humorous we’re speaking about Steve Smith not scoring 100s, he appears to be getting 70, 80 … and doing it very simply. That’s simply the category Steve Smith has.

“I’m certain as soon as he will get a giant rating, extra massive scores (will come). The very fact he’s getting these 60s, 70s, he’s wanting actually good with the bat.”

Smith was trapped lbw when his bat obtained caught within the flap of his again pad when he tried to play Naseem Shah to the leg aspect.

“I’ve been there, it’s not enjoyable when it occurs,” Khawaja stated.

“It’s nearly like in gradual movement. You bowl that once more and he’s hitting it 99 out of 100 instances, or 100 out of 100 instances. The bat simply obtained caught, slightly bit unfortunate.”

Khawaja’s newest knock took his collection tally to 392 runs at a mean of 130.66, however he was in battle city whereas on the crease on Monday.

“I used to be slightly bit sick. I obtained some treatment from the doc in between breaks,” Khawaja stated. 

“I wasn’t feeling properly in any respect. There have been a whole lot of thoughts video games in between.

“I simply instructed myself, ‘simply hold going, go so long as you may, simply hold pushing via’.

“And to push via for 5 hours – I felt completely horrible on the finish of the day.

“I might have simply simply gone more durable and performed a giant shot and obtained out on 20 or 30.

“So for me to get 90 on the day with the warmth, I’m truly actually proud of it.”

By 24H

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