Khawaja century caps confident performance by Australia

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After an opening stand of 61 with Travis Head, Khawaja put on 79 in a third-wicket stand with Steve Smith that lasted 41.2 overs.

They batted throughout the afternoon session – the first session in the series in which a wicket did not fall – before Smith was bowled by Ravindra Jadeja for 38 from 135 balls after tea.

Seamer Mohammed Shami bowled Peter Handscomb for 17 but the partnership between Khawaja and Green, who hit eight fours in his 64 balls, tipped the day in Australia’s favour.

Khawaja’s century was his 14th in 60 Tests and his sixth since his recall in the Ashes in January 2022. (BBC)