Ashes shootout: Khawaja responds to Head's ton with blazing fifty

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Just when it seemed that Travis Head had done enough to secure an Ashes berth, Usman Khawaja fired back to give the selectors more to ponder. Pitted against each other for Australia's vacant number five position, Head and Khawaja faced off in this week's Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Queensland. Both men failed […]
Just when it seemed that Travis Head had done enough to secure an Ashes berth, Usman Khawaja fired back to give the selectors more to ponder.

Pitted against each other for Australia's vacant number five position, Head and Khawaja faced off in this week's Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and Queensland.

Both men failed in the first innings, but with Bulls skipper Khawaja selflessly enforcing the follow-on, his opposing captain struck a timely 101 off 149 balls on Thursday to poke his nose in front.

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With Queensland only needing 87 for victory, it appeared Khawaja wouldn't have another real chance to push his claims for a Test recall until an Ashes intra-squad match from December 1-3.

But coming to the crease at 2/16, Khawaja thumped an unbeaten 52 off just 36 balls – whacking 10 fours – to guide his team home.

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