Usman Khawaja during the third Test between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval.
Usman Khawaja during the third Test between Australia and South Africa at the Adelaide Oval. DAVID MARIUZ

Khawaja tickled pink after another ton under lights

CRICKET: Usman Khawaja is still not convinced by the pink ball despite hitting another century on the opening day of the day-night Sheffield Shield clash for Queensland against Western Australia at the WACA.

Khawaja smashed an unbeaten 147 to add to the classy 145 he made against South Africa in the pink-ball Test at the Adelaide Oval last month.

It was the perfect warm-up for the second of the day-night Tests for the summer, against Pakistan in Brisbane starting on December 15.

But despite his latest success, the Queensland captain said he was unsure of how things would pan out at the Gabba and it was still a struggle batting against the pink ball.

"Every time you play the pink ball, it just feels different,” Khawaja said. "It's still tough work.

"I reckon I can see the seam better at night. I can't see the seam at all still during the day.

"Who knows what's going to happen at the Gabba - it might start hooping around massively and it might be really tough.

"I started off at night in the last Test match and it was hard work. I feel for the guys who are coming in during that twilight period.”

While Khawaja thrived at the WACA, teammate and Test opener Matt Renshaw missed his chance to get some more experience under lights.

After making 10 and 34 not out in his Test debut against the Proteas at Adelaide, he was dismissed for 38 after edging paceman Josh Nicholas through to the wicketkeeper.

Khawaja and all-rounder Michael Neser (59no) led the Bulls out of trouble to 6-333 at stumps on day one after they were 5-182 as night fell.


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