Usman Khawaja, on Monday, suffered yet another injury ahead of the World Cup as he left the field injured for the second time in three warm-up games. Khawaja had to leave the field after the ball struck him on his left knee while he was fielding against Sri Lanka. At first it looked like a usual blow but Khawaja struggled to get back to his feet and eventually walked off the field with the doctor for the second time inside a week.
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The latest setback after he had to retire hurt during last week’s practice game against West Indies following a brutal blow to his jaw. Khawaja was hit on his jaw by an Andre Russell bouncer. But fortunately, scans revealed no break and he was passed fit to play in the ongoing game.
Khawaja, nonetheless, have a history of knee problems and he will be hoping that the recent blow does not cause much damage. He needed surgery after tearing his meniscus during Australia’s Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. The southpaw also tore his anterior cruciate ligament in 2014 after suffering a training mishap with the Sydney Thunder that kept him sidelined for seven months. That injury had ruled him out of the 2015 World Cup which Australia won on the home soil.
Missing Khawaja for the World Cup will be a huge blow for the team from Down Under. Khawaja is in stunning form with the bat. In the ongoing year, he has scored a staggering 769 ODI runs at 59.15 in 2019. During the series in India, he scored 383 runs, including two centuries, in Australia’s 3-2 series. He also impressed with the bat during the 5-0 whitewash over Pakistan in UAE. Khawaja is likely to open the innings for Australia in the World Cup. Australia will open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1.
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