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Ashes 2023: ‘Bazball’ is neutralised by Usman Khawaja as Australia defeats England by two wickets at Edgbaston

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Usman Khawaja’s masterpiece in Test batting and skipper Pat Cummins’ brave performance on the last day led Australia to a dramatic two-wicket triumph against England at Edgbaston.

England made a significant breakthrough in the final session of the contest with the wicket of Cameron Green. It interrupted a 49-run partnership between him and Usman Khawaja that lasted 113 deliveries and helped England take the last four wickets of Australia’s order. The first session of the day was rained off, but it has been clear skies since the start of the second. Usman Khawaja followed up his first innings century with a tough half-century, and he had been attempting to churn out runs all day.

Prior to being dismissed by Ben Stokes in just his second over of the game, he built up a 49-run partnership with Cameron Green off 113 wickets and then scored 17 runs off 50 with Alex Carey. When the new ball became available, England elected not to use it and instead allowed Joe Root to bat, which led to Carey’s wicket being taken by the former captain. Despite having the final two wickets in hand, England was still not out thanks to Pat Cummins, who delivered a couple powerful punches to cut Australia’s deficit to under 30. The two ultimately put on a collaboration for the ages and totally flipped the script on the hosts.

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