Josh Nicholas & the Warriors celebrate the wicket of Joe Burns // Getty Images
Usman Khawaja's love affair with the pink ball has
continued, with the in-form batsman scoring a century for Queensland in their
Sheffield Shield clash with the Alcohol.Think Again Western Warriors at the WACA Ground.
Khawaja scored an unbeaten 147 from 259 balls to power
Queensland to 6-333 at stumps on day one.
The 29-year-old was named man of the match for his sparkling
145 in the recent day-night Test win over South Africa.
And his purple patch against the pink ball flowed into the
Shield arena on Monday, with WA's bowlers unable to find a way through
He cracked 20 boundaries on the way to his 20th first-class
century, keeping his composure despite a steady fall of wickets around him.
His knock was also the perfect tune-up going into the
day-night first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, starting on December 15.
But while Khawaja cashed in at the WACA, Test newcomer Matt
Renshaw missed the chance to bulk up on his pink-ball experience.
Renshaw, who made 10 and 34 not out in his Test debut in
November, was dismissed for 38 after edging paceman Josh Nicholas through to
WA managed to snare wickets at regular intervals, but
Khawaja ensured there would be no major collapse.
Former Test opener Joe Burns was the first batsman to fall,
making 14 off 12 balls before edging Nicholas behind.
Burns briefly stood his ground after being given out before
At 5-182 and with night falling, Queensland were in a spot
But Khawaja and Michael Neser (59no) ensured the Bulls would
reach a formidable total.
Neser was dropped on 23 by Cameron Bancroft at slip in what
has proven to be a costly mistake for the home side.
"Hopefully we can get a few more runs (on Tuesday), and
then get WA out there and bowl well enough to set up this game," Khawaja
"But there's still a lot of cricket left, so we won't
get too far ahead of ourselves."