Australian cricketer Usman Khwaja aims to make his entry into the national team after a successful show in Sheffield Shield 2020-21. Khwaja led his team Queensland to win the title in Sheffield Shield 2020-21, a domestic Test tournament in Australia. Queensland defeated New South Wales in the final by an innings and 33 runs to clinch the trophy.
For his team Queensland, Usman Khawaja scored 473 runs in 10 innings at an average of 59.12. He also smashed 2 centuries in Sheffield Shield 2020-21. After the victory, Usman Khawaja remains optimistic about his return to the Australian Test side. He hopes that he can make his way into Australia’s Test squad for The Ashes 2021.
I’m Still Very Much In The Scope, Says Usman Khwaja
While speaking to The Unplayable Podcast, the 34-year-old Aussie cricketer said that he feels that he still very much in the scope for The Ashes. However, he also mentioned that he doesn’t want to concentrate too far ahead.
“I’m playing some really good cricket at the moment. I think if I start off really well next (season), there’s a big Ashes coming up, I think I’m still very much in the scope. But at the end of the day, cricket is a very tough game and you don’t want to end up thinking too far ahead of yourself.
“If you start thinking about international cricket and forget about what cricket is right ahead of you … I know that’s a recipe for failure. I’m loving the game, I’m still really enjoying it,” Usman Khawaja said.
Khwaja also feels that he is still good enough for the Australian team.
“I think I’m still good enough to be in that Australian team, plain and simple. My motivation is still there, I still think I can be in the top six batsmen in the country, I can perform and I can be one of the best. I still feel that I can be a top batsman in the world at the moment,” Usman Khwaja further said.
Usman Khwaja played his last Test against England in 2019. He also played his last ODI in the same year but against South Africa. The left-handed batsman has played 44 Test matches for Australia so far, scoring 2887 runs with 8 hundreds and 14 fifties.
In 40 ODIs for Australia, Khwaja has scored 1554 runs at an average of 42. He has also hit 2 hundreds and 12 fifties in his ODI career so far.