Usman Khawaja, a seasoned left-handed opener who scored 195 runs unbeaten in the drew Sydney Test match against South Africa, said it was crucial to put the team first. Khawaja was named Player of the Match for his performance. Khawaja’s remarks follow Australia captain Pat Cummins’ declaration of the first innings score at 475/4, leaving Khawaja not out at 195, five runs short of what would have been his first double century in Test cricket.
“I would love to have a double ton next to my name but at the end of the day it’s a great way to showcase cricket and what cricket stands for. You want to go out there and you want to make milestones and achieve certain goals but at the end of the day it’s about winning and you’ve got to do what’s best.”
“I think any children watching out there, or anyone watching how Australia plays their sport, it’s always team first and I think that’s very important when you are playing a team game,” said Khawaja in the post-match presentation ceremony.