Usman Khawaja Extremely Disappointed to Miss England ODIs
Dumped Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja expressed his disappointment after he missed on Australia’s squad for the ongoing one-day tour of England.
Meanwhile, the selectors gave D’Arcy Short and Alex Carey a nod ahead of Khawaja.
Khawaja has been in impressive form in domestic one-day cricket. Only two batsmen have scored more runs than Khawaja in the past four seasons.
Khawaja meted out his disappointment for missing out from the squad for the tour to the UK.
“I was extremely disappointed, in all honesty,” Khawaja told RSN. “I’ve had a lot of chats to the selectors and a couple with JL (Justin Langer) about it. I was a bit disappointed but some things you can’t control … Hopefully, I’ll get a chance over the next year,” he added.
Khawaja notched 1492 runs at 62.17 in the past four seasons of domestic one-day cricket. Moreover, Victoria’s Cameron White (1534) and New South Wales’ Nic Maddinson (1503) are ahead of him.
The southpaw believes his past form warranted a national selection but vowed he would continue pushing for the spot.
“I’m not sure there’s a lot more I can do other than just keep trying to score runs and hopefully I get a chance,” he said. “That’s part of cricket, selections. You’ve got to figure out a way to move past and try to score runs. I just assumed that they didn’t want me in the team because they just didn’t want me in the team – there’s not much other than that,” he added.
The Queensland captain admitted his ODI record is better than that of Test. He has scored 2226 runs for Australia at 42. Since 2013, he has only played 18 ODI games for the Aussies.
“I’ve just got to put my head down and hopefully an opportunity presents itself,” he concluded.
However, he is a part of Australia A’s one-day and Test squads that will tour India in August.