Imagine you’re within touching distance of an illustrious cricket milestone.

But then, the world turns against you.

A spout of horrible rainy weather and a final declaration decision from the captain leaves you marooned on 195 not out.

That’s exactly what happened to Australian opener Usman Khawaja during the Sydney test against South Africa, and sadly for him, a former teammate would’ve also left the batter just short of his first double century for his country.

Sydney Thunder captain Chris Green, who played with “Ussie” at the Thunder from 2014 to 2022, would’ve also declared, but he knows that Khawaja wouldn’t have been too annoyed.

“I’m sure Ussie would’ve been happy with a little [batting] average boost… and everyone giving him extra media coverage, he loves the attention,” Green joked to CBR Wrapped’s Mick.

But with the test officially wrapped up, the attention now turns to the pointy end of the Big Bash League, with the Thunder still fighting for a position in the finals.


And with their last home game being right here in Canberra, and the side welcoming in Test opener David Warner, Green is looking forward to the game at their “home away from home.”

Listen to the full exclusive interview as well as Chris’ thoughts on the “Mankad gone wrong” below:

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