Khawaja might miss home series against India
Australia’s opening batsman Usman Khawaja is expected to out of action for some months as the opener is likely to undergo surgery for his meniscal tear.
The left-handed batsman sustained the injury during a throwing drill on Thursday (October 18) ahead of the third day’s play in the Abu Dhabi Test against Pakistan. He wasn’t seen in the field on the whole day.
In Australia’s second innings Shaun Marsh opened the innings for the visitors along with Aaron Finch in place of Usman Khawaja. Australia captain Tim Paine confirmed that Khawaja, who sat the entire of the third day’s play in Abu Dhabi, is unlikely to bat in Australia’s fourth-innings chase of 491.
On Friday 19th October, it was confirmed in the official website of Cricket Australia that the opener is likely to undergo a surgery for his meniscal tears.
“It was confirmed today [Friday] that the left-hander will likely require surgery on his left knee after a training mishap during the second Test.”
The report from the official site further said, “Khawaja went for scans late on Thursday, which revealed that although he has not re-torn his anterior cruciate ligament, he has suffered a meniscal tear.”
If the opener undergoes the surgery, he will surely miss the opening phase of the four-match Test series against India starting on December 6. His absence will be a huge blow for Australia, as they are already missing their regular opener, David Warner.
With a new injury issue coming in for Australia, there are concerns in the bowling camp too with fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins only beginning to return from their injuries. Mitchell Starc has continuously remained under an injury cloud during the ongoing tour, complaining of tightness in his hamstring.