Ashes 2023: “He Was Very Much Like Steve Smith,” Kumar Sangakkara Hails Usman Khawaja For His Marathon Knock At Edgbaston

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara has praised Australia opener Usman Khawaja for his magnificent ton in the ongoing 2023 first Test of the Ashes against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. He matched it up with Steve Smith and said he was impressed by his patience.

Usman Khawaja continued his golden touch in the Tests when he played an outstanding stroke in the ongoing 2023 First Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham. In response to England’s 393 run total, Australia lost wickets early and were under quite a bit of pressure.

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But their crisis man Usman Khawaja once again held his own for them and played a magnificent tackle to bring his team back into the game. The leadoff hitter soaked up all the pressure and batted for hours, showing grit and determination and hitting some fantastic shots.

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Usman Khawaja worked his way into the magnificent century, the first in England. The Australian opener batted for 321 balls and finished with a score of 141 runs. His strike brought his team closer to England’s total.

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Kumar Sangakkara said he was impressed with Usman Khawaja’s patience and that when he was in his zone he looked like Steve Smith and will be an important hitter for the series. He explained:

“He was a lot like Steve Smith when he got into that zone – the internal camp where he prepared for a big one. I was impressed with his patience and how he played with Moeen, taking the attack to the deflective. His defense was impressive against pace and spin and he will be another important hitter for Australia.”

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Ashes 2023: “I guess it was a little more emotional than usual,” says Usman Khawaja about his celebration

After getting his ton, Usman Khawaja was quite lively with his celebrations as he roared with joy and also threw his bat in excitement. He talked about his gestures and said it was an emotional moment for him, as he has often been reading that he can’t play in England. He said:

“I think it was the culmination of three Ashes tours to England and getting dropped on two of them. I don’t read the media, but when I get sprayed at the nets and sprayed when I’m walking and can’t bat in England, I guess it was a little more emotional than usual. He concluded.

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