Khawaja disappointed after being snubbed off Australia’s central contract
Usman Khawaja has been the talk of Australian cricket for the past two days. The left-arm batsman has been abruptly removed from the board’s central contract.
Former captains like Allan Border and Michael Clarke have expressed surprise at Cricket Australia’s decision. This time Usman Khawaja himself opened his mouth about the controversial decision of the board.
If there was no form, maybe everyone would accept. The case of Usman Khawaja is completely different. The left-arm top-order batsman has been dropped from the team many time without any reason since his debut in 2011.
However, in Tests and ODIs, he averages over 40 in both formats. In the agreement that has been considered separately for the T20 World Cup, Khawaja could not be regular in the T20 format for some unknown reason. But even in this format, his strike rate is over 132, average close to 27.
His age is age 33. Not that he is too old. Khawaja cannot accept the issue of omission. “Age is just a number,” he said. “If you perform, you do. It’s not like I’m 37 or 38, I’m at the end of my career.”
A complaint could be heard against Khawaja, saying he was not fitness conscious. He has weaknesses in spin. After the Ashes last August, there was no chance in the Test team for Khawaja.
Rejecting the allegations, Khawaja said, “I am not arrogant, but I still think I will be among the top six batsmen in the country. I am one of the best batsmen in the country against spin. Unlike Steven Smith, he’s a genius. The real thing is to score runs.”