Classy Khawaja posts hundred on debut

Aussie Test batsman proves perfect replacement for Shaun Marsh at Glamorgan with quick-fire hundred in first match

Cricket Network

12 June 2018, 09:37 AM AEST

Usman Khawaja became the second Australian to score a debut hundred for Glamorgan in the space of seven weeks on day three of his side's County Championship clash with Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

Khawaja only touched down in England last week, and after being trapped lbw for four in the first innings, he came good in the second, making a dashing 125 from just 143 deliveries to help set the hosts 294 to win – a target they knocked 25 from without loss before the close.

"I was still a bit jet-lagged in the first innings and didn't feel right, but it was nice to get some time in the middle," the Test batsman told BBC Sport Wales.

"I came out with a bit more positive intent (in the second innings). I felt good from the start.

"We knew a lead of 250-plus would be very nice when I came in. We got close to 300 and it can be one of those wickets where it can be a bit of a grind.

"The bowlers here bowl differently in different conditions, but I love coming to England and playing county cricket because it is so different from Australia. It's a nice challenge."

Khawaja replaced Shaun Marsh as an overseas player at Glamorgan after the West Australian, who also made a century in his first match for the county, was recalled to the ODI squad under new coach Justin Langer.

Somerset signing and fellow Australia Test batsman Matt Renshaw also hit three figures in his first appearance in the County Championship, and on the weekend made it three in eight innings with 106 against Notts at Taunton, with the final day of that match to begin later today (Tuesday).

At Old Trafford, there were unusual scenes when an Air Ambulance was forced to land on the outfield after a Lancashire member suffered a suspected heart attack. Players left the field and the game was delayed for around 30 minutes, though the Essex batsmen retained their composure to get home by five wickets.

An Air Ambulance lands on the outfield at Old Trafford // Getty
An Air Ambulance lands on the outfield at Old Trafford // Getty

Meanwhile, division two side Derbyshire on Monday announced the signing of Scottish batsman Calum MacLeod for the upcoming T20 domestic tournament – just a day after his epic 140no earned Scotland an historic win over England.

County Championship Division One

At Southampton: Surrey 368 (R Burns 151, B Foakes 90; F Edwards 5-93) beat Hampshire 135 (R Clarke 5-29) and 175 (J Weatherley 50) by an innings and 58 runs

At Old Trafford: Lancashire 301 (J Clark 79, S Chanderpaul 58) and 105 (J Porter 5-30, S Harmer 4-34) lost to Essex 302 (A Cook 58; T Bailey 4-54) and 5-108 by five wickets

At Taunton: Somerset 392 (M Renshaw 106, S Davies 92 no, T Abell 57; M Carter 5-113) v Nottinghamshire 134 (L Taylor 74; C Overton 4-53) and 8-468 (T Moores 103, S Mullaney 94, J Libby 69, C Nash 66, S Patel 55; R van der Merwe 4-114)

County Championship Division Two

At Durham: Durham 96 (D Olivier 5-20) and 376 (G Harte 114, T Latham 67; D Olivier 5-105) v Derbyshire 205 and 4-69

At Bristol: Kent 9-582d (S Dickson 117, J Denly 107, D Stevens 89, A Rouse 55, H Podmore 53; C Miles 4-122) v Gloucestershire 240 (G van Buuren 83, K Noema-Barnett 73 no; M Henry 6-58) and 0-73

At Northampton: Northamptonshire 204 (Z Chappell 6-44) and 229 (A Wakely 74; B Raine 4-54) lost to Leicestershire 217 (R Kleinveldt 4-51) and 4-217 (L Hill 85, P Horton 62) by six wickets

At Edgbaston: Glamorgan 220 (J Poysden 5-29) and 323 (U Khawaja 125, C Cooke 59) v Warwickshire 250 (I Bell 106 no, J Trott 57; T van der Gugten 4-65) and 0-25