Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja AAP

A good day for Khawaja

IT DID not take former Test batsman Usman Khawaja long to make an impression in his new career with Queensland at the Gabba yesterday.

The 25-year-old, who joined the Bulls from New South Wales, scored 88 on his debut as the defending Sheffield Shield champions reached 5-202 when bad light stopped play on day one of the clash with South Australia.

Despite batting in conditions ideal for swing bowling, Khawaja looked right at home, hitting 10 fours and one six, before he was trapped lbw by paceman Joe Mennie.

Earlier Australian spinner and South Australian captain Nathan Lyon won the toss sent the Bulls into bat on a very green pitch.

The Bulls lost openers Wade Townsend (0) and Andrew Robinson (30) before Khawaja put his knowledge of batting in the English-like conditions (he helped Derbyshire win the County Championship Division II title and get promoted last month), to good use.

His former NSW teammate Nathan Hauritz, who was hoping to play his first game on his return to Queensland, was named 12th man.



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