“It can be pretty tough sitting on the sidelines” says Khawaja

"It can be pretty tough sitting on the sidelines" says Khawaja

Australian top order batsman, Usman Khawaja, who has been picked in the Australia Test side for the two match Test series against Bangladesh, has expressed his past frustrations on being sidelined from the side in the last years India tour.

“It can be pretty tough sitting on the sidelines,” Khawaja said. “I’m glad it’s happened now and didn’t happen about eight years ago. It was frustrating at the end of India because I was there for so long. But by the time I came home it was just nice to be home, sleeping in my own bed and training back in Brisbane.”

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“Proving myself is the furthest thing from my mind. I’m not going to make it all about me and I never like playing cricket that way. It should feel like a long time between matches, but it actually doesn’t. I don’t know why,” he added.

Khawaja acknowledged that the biggest challenge in sub-continent conditions for the Aussie batters is to counter the spin. And he feels the more a player plays in these conditions, the better he can cope with the challenge.

“It’s frustrating but it’s hard because I haven’t really got to play on (spinning wickets) much and even training in the nets you can only do so much. At the end of the day it’s not easy for any Australian going over there because it’s very uncommon for us to play in those conditions. You see the guys who have been there a lot like Smudger ( Steve Smith) who obviously does very well there. The more you play on them the better you get,” said the stylish left-hand batsman.

Ashfaq Niloy,Correspondent,bdcrictime.com