Why Test snub could end the career of Aussie star
Usman Khawaja has been overlooked for the series against Pakistan, with one former skipper believing he faces an uphill battle to regain his spot.Khawaja was dumped from the side after three Tests of the recent Ashes series in England, where his six innings yielded just 122 runs at an average of 20.33, admittedly not the worse performance by an Australian top-order batsman during the series.
Queensland coach slams Shane Warne for Khawaja comments. Queensland coach Wade Seccombe has criticised cricket legend Shane Warne for his ‘ unfair ’ dig at axed batsman Usman Khawaja .
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Queensland coach Wade Seccombe is sick of the constant digs at Usman Khawaja's body language, adamant the batsman sees a way back into Australia's Test team.
Khawaja, who will captain the Bulls in Tuesday's domestic one-day cup against Western Australia, was playing golf as the Test team prepared for this week's clash with Pakistan at his home Gabba ground.
So long a staple of Australia's top three, the 32-year-old finds himself behind state teammates Joe Burns and new No.3 Marnus Labuschagne, who both piled on the runs against the tourists on Friday and Saturday.
Khawaja, axed during the Ashes series, averages 40.66 in 44 Tests but that lifts to 52.97 at home and coach Justin Langer insists he'll remain in the mix if he puts runs on the board.
Clock is ticking for Khawaja: Chappell
Former national selector Greg Chappell has warned out-of-favour batsman Usman Khawaja that time might be running out for him at Test level. Khawaja was overlooked by selectors for the upcoming two-Test series against Pakistan after averaging only 20.33 with the bat from three Tests in this year’s Ashes. He’s hit just one century from his last 18 Test knocks.“I don’t know that they [selectors] have moved past him permanently, but certainly for the moment they’ve moved past him,” Chappell told SEN on Friday.“They probably want to see some different actions from him in the future ...
Khawaja (Persian: خواجه) is an honorific title used across the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia, particularly towards Sufi teachers.
Shane Warne wrote in a News Corp column on Thursday that he "just wants to shake him ( Khawaja ) and get him to show a bit more", adding it was time for Seccombe dismissed the common criticism on the classy batsman as nothing more than a frustrating myth. "That's such an unfair comment," he said.
Shane Warne wrote in a News Corp column on Thursday that he "just wants to shake him and get him to show a bit more" and that it was time for him to show how much he wanted to play for Australia.
Seccombe has no doubt there is a desire there and said that common knock on the classy batsmen was a frustrating myth.
"That's such an unfair comment," he said.
"It's the old thing, if he doesn't make runs people are critical, but if he does 'he's beautiful, it's a fluent innings, we love the way he bats'.
"It's just his persona on the field and he's a calm character, and that calmness comes through and I don't think you want to criticise a calmness in a player."
Khawaja's first innings for Queensland after missing Test selection was a gritty, unbeaten 86 to see them past Tasmania and ensure a home final later this week.
Queensland to face WA in one-day cup final
Queensland will chase their first one-day cup title in six years against Western Australia after collecting a final-round victory over Tasmania in Hobart.Captain Khawaja played a controlled unbeaten knock of 86 on Monday on a challenging Bellerive Oval wicket, to push the Bulls to the top of the standings ahead of the Warriors on run rate.
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Shane Warne wrote in a News Corp column on Thursday that he "just wants to shake him and get him to show a bit more" and that it was time for him to show how much he wanted to Usman Khawaja bats for the Bulls in the Marsh One Day Cup. Credit:Getty. "That's such an unfair comment," he said.
"That was a special innings," Seccombe said.
"They were really tough one day conditions, the ball seaming until or beyond the 40th over.
"You say mature, but it was just very classy."
Former Bulls wicketkeeper Seccombe said that innings alone was enough to show Khawaja still wanted in.
"I believe he doesn't think it's (his Test career) over," he said.
"We've had a coffee recently and discussed all this; he's very comfortable winning games of cricket for Queensland and if he wins games he knows he'll probably get picked up here anyway.
"Personally, I think he's in the top six batters in the country."
'Unfortunately for him, the spots are taken' .
Australia's comprehensive 2-0 series sweep against Pakistan has shut the door on a return to Test cricket for dropped veteran Usman Khawaja.Australia wrapped up the series with a resounding innings-and-48-run victory in Adelaide on Monday night, marking just the second time in history they had won all matches in a series by more than an innings.