In the pursuit of victory in the first Ashes Test, the tension between Usman Khawaja and Ollie Robinson reached its peak during a drinks break on day five. Just days after Robinson’s wild send-off to Khawaja, the two players engaged in a tense exchange while the Australians were batting at 4-128, with Khawaja on 39 and Travis Head on one.
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Khawaja was heard saying to Robinson, “That’s why you’re not a batsman.” England paceman James Anderson, the oldest player on the field at 40, intervened and pulled Robinson away.
“During the drinks break, Ollie Robinson approached Usman Khawaja,” commented former England captain Nasser Hussain. “Khawaja asked, ‘What did you say, mate?’ and Robinson responded, ‘What, me? What are you talking about?’. Then Jimmy Anderson had to separate them.”
“There is clearly no love lost between Usman Khawaja and Ollie Robinson,” added Hussain.
Former England batter Kevin Pietersen, known for his feud with Anderson and other teammates, added to the drama with his commentary. “I was just about to comment on that,” quipped Pietersen. “Can you believe it? Have we ever seen anything like it? The number of times Anderson has been pulled away from batters, umpires are pulling Anderson away from batters. And I think Jimmy was smiling there, too.”
Former Australian batter Mel Jones chimed in, saying, “Jimmy Anderson is like two different people; there’s Jimmy on the field and then there’s James off the field.”
The Australians eventually secured a thrilling two-wicket victory, with captain Pat Cummins and tailender Nathan Lyon forging an unexpected 55-run partnership.
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