Usman Khawaja, Australian middle-order batsman, has admitted that he was hoping to be in the 21-man Australian touring party as a backup opener to David Warner and Aaron Finch in the ongoing white-ball internationals against England.
Australia are currently locking horns with Ashes rivals in England in a three-match T20I series, which will be followed by as many One-day Internationals. The Aussies had named an extended squad for both ODI and T20I series in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Khawaja was left disappointed by the snub but the southpaw isn’t fretting about it and is confident that he will make a comeback to the Australian side sooner than later.
‘’I was hoping to be a spare batsman in that top order which I thought I might’ve been this (UK tour), but I wasn’t, and that’s OK.” Usman Khawaja told cricket.com.au.
‘I know how quickly things can change in cricket’- Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja has endured a pretty difficult phase in the phase in the past 12 months after he was snubbed out of the Australian set-up from both Test as well as white-ball cricket.
The southpaw admitted of being very angry and disappointed with the snub but following a fruitful discussion with head coach Justin Langer, Usman Khawaja is now looking forward to the upcoming Australian domestic summer as he aims to plot his way back into the set-up
“There’s Big Bash, plenty of red-ball cricket, and I still feel like there’s a lot left for me on the horizon, and I’m making sure I’m focusing on that stuff rather than worrying about not being picked because I know how quickly things can change in cricket,” Khawaja said.
“In four-day and Test match cricket I’ve had really good conversations with JL, too, and at the end of the day, I feel like I’m really close there,” he added.