Australian batter Usman Khawaja hit out at former Australian player Ian Chappell for his criticism for the Queensland cricketer.
Cricket Australia is yet to announce its squad for the 2021/22 Ashes, which is exactly a month away from now.
Khawaja, who played his last Test against England in 2019 in Leeds, will be very hungry to return back to international cricket after a gap of two years.
Recently the 34-year-old left-handed batter received disapproval of Chappell for playing for Australia.
Usman Khawaja hits out at Ian Chappell for his criticism
Chappell said that Khawaja scores runs against mediocre bowling but has no future against good bowlers.
In his response, Khawaja said that Chappell was not even a good player in his own family, and he would not take his opinion seriously but would listen to his brother Greg’s advice.
“Everyone’s got opinions – that’s fine. To me it’s water off a duck’s bat. Chappelli’s not even the best player in his family, so if I’m going to take advice, I might take it from his younger brother, who I get along with very well too. GC (Greg Chappell) is a legend,” Khawaja said, as reported by SEN.
I’d love to play for Australia: Usman Khawaja
Khawaja is on a tremendous run for Queensland as their skipper and has scored back to back hundreds against South Australia and Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield.
Khawaja said that he is enjoying his game as of now and aims to play for Australia, and even if he doesn’t get a chance in the Ashes, he will continue to lead Queensland and Sydney Thunder with the same amount of dedication.
“I’m still enjoying playing this game. It’s nice when you’re scoring runs. Cricket’s not an easy game. There are plenty of times when you don’t score runs, and there are times when you do, so when you do you try to cash in for your team,” Khawaja said.
“I’d love to play for Australia (again). If it does happen, great, if it doesn’t, I’ll still be out there giving my 100 per cent for whoever I’m playing for, whether it’s Queensland or (Sydney) Thunder in the BBL,” he added.
Khawaja has played 44 Tests for Australia and has scored 2887 runs at an average of 40.66. He also has 14 half-centuries and eight hundreds to his name.