Usman Khawaja centuries in international cricket

Usman Khawaja made his international Test debut back in 2011, but kept going in and out of the team for several years. It was only in the 2021-23 World Test Championship (WTC) cycle that Khawaja was able to cement his position in the team. The first of Usman Khawaja centuries came back in November 2015 against New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane.

It took Khawaja more than four years to rack up his maiden Test hundred. After the Aussies opted to bat first, Khawaja scored 174 runs off 239 balls with the help of 16 fours and two sixes. He looked fluent during his stay in the middle as he played at an impressive strike-rate of 72.80.

Khawaja put on a partnership of 150 with David Warner, who won the Player of the Match, after which he stitched together a 157-run stand with Adam Voges. The Aussies went on to win the match by 208 runs and take a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.

In the very next Test against the Black Caps at the WACA in Perth, Khawaja showed his sheer class with the bat in hand. The southpaw scored 121 runs off 186 balls with 11 fours and two sixes before fast bowler Doug Bracewell accounted for his wicket.

Khawaja also put on 302 runs with Warner for the second wicket. This time around, Australia could not secure a win as the match was drawn. Ross Taylor scored 290 runs with 24 fours and made sure that the Black Caps comfortably evaded a defeat.

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The third of Usman Khawaja centuries came in the very next match. This is Khawaja dominated the West Indies bowling attack at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. The veteran scored 144 runs off 227 balls with six fours and one six. On the back of his knock, Australia scored 551 for the loss of three wickets in their first innings. Khawaja played brilliantly in the second innings as well, scoring 56 runs off 61 balls. Australia went on to win the match by 177 runs and take a crucial 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The fourth of Usman Khawaja centuries was special. It was because he scored an overseas Test hundred for the first time in his career. Batting at No.3 at the Basin Reserve in Wellington against New Zealand, Khawaja scored 140 runs off 216 balls with 25 fours in the first innings.

Khawaja’s knock made sure that the Aussies put up a massive score of 562 on the board in 154.2 overs. Australia won the match by an innings and 52 runs. Even this time, Khawaja did not win the Player of the Match award, which was won by Adam Voges.

November 2016 was the first time when one of Usman Khawaja centuries turned out to be a Player of the Match-award winning performance. At the Adelaide Oval, Khawaja scored 145 runs off 308 balls with 12 fours. Although he failed to open his account in the second innings, his knock in the first was impactful enough for the Aussies to win the match by seven wickets.

Earlier this year, Khawaja had a chance to score a double hundred against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground. But he somehow fell short after notching 195 runs off 368 balls with 19 fours and a six. It also happens to be his highest score in Test cricket. The match was drawn, but Khawaja bagged the award for the Player of the Match.

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Khawaja was recently a part of the Australian team that won the WTC 2021-23. He finished the tournament as the second-highest run-scorer. Khawaja scored 1621 runs in 17 matches at an average of 64.84 with six hundreds and seven fifties to his name. He was also the top run-getter in the Border Gavaskar Trophy against India earlier this year.

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Here is a list of all Usman Khawaja centuries in Tests:

Date Opponent Venue Score
05 November 2015 New Zealand Brisbane 174
13 November 2015 New Zealand Perth 121
26 December 2015 West Indies Melbourne 144
12 February 2016 New Zealand Wellington 140
24 November 2016 South Africa Adelaide 145
04 January 2018 England Sydney 171
07 October 2018 Pakistan Dubai 141
01 February 2019 Sri Lanka Canberra 101 not out
05 January 2022 England Sydney 137
05 January 2022 England Sydney 101 not out
12 March 2022 Pakistan Karachi 160
21 March 2022 Pakistan Lahore 104 not out
04 January 2023 South Africa Sydney 195 not out
09 March 2023 India Ahmedabad 180

Here is a list of all Usman Khawaja centuries in ODIs:

The first of Usman Khawaja century in ODIs came back in March 2019 against India in Ranchi. It took him six years to score a hundred in the 50-over format since his debut back in 2013.

After being put in to bat first, Australia scored 313 for the loss of five wickets in 50 overs. Khawaja was the pick of their batters after he scored 104 runs off 113 balls with 11 fours and a six. When Mohammed Shami dismissed him in the 39th over, he had already put the Aussies in a position of command.

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Australia went on to win the match by 32 runs. Khawaja won the Player of the Match award as the visiting team made it 1-2 in the five-match series.

The second and last of Usman Khawaja centuries in ODIs came in the same series against India. Khawaja scored 100 runs off 106 balls with 10 fours and two sixes. On the back of his knock, Australia posted 272 for nine on the board. Australia went on to win the match by 35 runs. Most importantly, they also won the series 3-2.

Khawaja also score three times in the 90s with scores of 98, 98 and 91 against West Indies, Pakistan and India respectively. His top score of 59 at home came against India at the SCG back in January 2019.

Date Opponent Venue Score
08 March 2019 India Ranchi 104
13 March 2019 India Delhi 100


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India