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Khawaja optimistic to attain fitness ahead of India Tests

The struggling Australia team has something to be happy about, as Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja is confident of attaining recovery before the commencement of the Test series against India next month.

Khawaja optimistic to attain fitness ahead of India Tests
Khawaja suffered a meniscal tear during Australia’s tour of UAE

Khawaja suffered a meniscal tear during Australia’s tour of UAE, which put the possibility of his participation in the India Tests in jeopardy. But the star batsman claimed his recovery is fractionally is fractionally ahead of the schedule.

And hence, it is very much possible for Khawaja, unarguably the best batsman in the Australian squad in absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, to get fit and play against India in the first Test starts on December 6.

“In an ideal world I would like to play a Sheffield Shield game before then (the first Test). That’s the target, that’s the goal, but just have to see. Still three weeks until then, so if everything keeps going the same way it should be good,” Khawaja said.

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“It’s going pretty well so far, just over two weeks, ran at 100% yesterday on the treadmill, hopefully, run outside tomorrow, so progressing well so far. The doctors and everyone have been really happy with the progress, there’s a long way to go, just taking it day by day at the moment and hoping to be right sooner rather than later.”

Though the injury means Khawaja has missed an opportunity to return to the Australia ODI team in the series against South Africa, he said he is still optimistic of making a comeback to the ODI squad for the World cup next year.

“Targeting World Cup is a big thing. It’s one of my major goals to get back in the one-day side. I’ve had chats with Langer about it, he knows where I’m at too, but at the end of the day, we play a game, it’s all about performances. Hopefully, when I’m right and things are going well, I’ll put my hand up through performances.”

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