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.
Cricket World Cup 2019: Justin Langer hits back at Shane Warne criticism of Australia. 10:14, Jun 24 2019. With Marcus Stoinis coming back into the team from a side strain, it was thought a decision would have to be made between Khawaja and Shaun Marsh.
Usman Khawaja has dismissed criticism of his Ashes batting form as 'bizarre' and defended the legitimacy of a diving catch that left him with a mouthful of MCG turf. Khawaja is among Australia's most dangerous batsmen at home, having scored almost 1100 runs at 77.5 over the past two summers.
Usman Khawaja has rejected Shane Warne's fears he's lost the desire to play Test cricket, saying you "either get it or you don't" when it comes to his on-field demeanour.
Khawaja, dropped midway through the Ashes, was the big omission from the squad to play Pakistan at home this summer.
Warne declared last week 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.
Preparing to captain Queensland in Tuesday's one-day domestic final, Khawaja wasn't in the mood to entertain Warne's insinuations.
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"I don't think there's any need to answer that question," he said.
"I'm a pretty cool bloke. You either get it or you don't, that's the way it is.
"No, never (have I stopped wanting to play for Australia), if I had I would've retired.
"I feel like I belong at international level, but I've got to score runs."
Khawaja 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.
The coach even indicated last week that Khawaja, almost 33, was better off playing for Queensland than remaining with the squad at the Gabba as the spare batsman.
Bulls skipper Khawaja said had learnt to ignore the outside noise.
Warne backs selectors' call to drop Khawaja
Shane Warne is full of praise for Australia's selectors for dropping Usman Khawaja but is confused by another call.Despite being a fixture of the side over the past 18 months, a scratchy Ashes series meant Khawaja was one of the casualties from the side which retained the urn.
Usman Khawaja 's place in the Australia side has been questioned and the left-hander had his say after scoring a first Ashes hundred.
Usman Tariq Khawaja (Urdu: عثمان خواجہ; born 18 December 1986) is an Australian cricketer who currently represents Australia and Queensland.
"I'm a batsman, run-scorer first and foremost so that's my currency," he said.
"You look at my Shield record, one day domestic record, BBL record.
"I score runs, that's all that matters."
The usually fluent strokemaker dug in for an unbeaten 86 against Tasmania to ensure the Bulls secured home advantage for the final in his one and only innings since missing Test selection.
Queensland coach Wade Seccombe rated it a "special knock" in tough conditions and labelled criticism of Khawaja's desire as unfair.
And footage of a shattered Khawaja in the dressing rooms following Australia's gutting Headingley Ashes loss - released on Monday ahead of a documentary series to come next year - also revealed plenty.
"Yeah it was very tough moment, I think it was a tough moment for the whole of Australia, let alone the guys playing," Khawaja said.
"That stuff's the down of sport, the stuff you don't see, I keep my emotions in check when I'm on the field, but it's probably the stuff off the field that you don't see."
Qld coach defends Khawaja's Test desire
Usman Khawaja's Queensland coach is adamant the batsman hasn't thrown away his Test aspirations despite falling down the pecking order this summer. 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.
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 the left-hander to show how much he wanted to play for Australia. Seccombe dismissed the common criticism on the classy batsman as nothing
Usman Khawaja hit back at his critics after scoring a first Ashes century on another dominant day for Australia at the SCG on Saturday. Khawaja was recalled for the series against England after being dropped during the tour of Bangladesh. The left-hander made half-centuries at Adelaide Oval and the
Queensland coach Wade 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."
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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.