Usman Khawaja expected to be fit for first Ashes Test
Usman Khawaja ruled out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after sustaining a hamstring injury.
Although the 32-year old batsman have been taken into consideration for the warm up four day Test match between sides starting from this Tuesday, Australian skipper Tim Paine quite assured that Khawaja will be available for the first Ashes Test on August 1 in Birmingham.
“I don’t think he’s in serious doubt (of missing the first Ashes Test). He’s in a rehab stage so the decision has been made that he won’t play at this stage,”
Paine said as quoted by the Cricket.com.au.
Selectors will probably announce the the Test squad after day four of the contest between Hick XII, led by Paine and Haddin XII captained by Travis Head.
Paine hinted there is still possibility for Khawaja to feature in the Playing XI if another player go down.
“There is a possibility, maybe, if something were to happen to someone else he might be right for the back end of the game. But we expect him to be fully fit and available for selection for the first Test,” he said.
Khawaja has been slated at No.3 spot since the last Ashes series in England 4 years ago. Thus far, he hammered eight centuries and an average of 47.76 in that period.
Hick XII squad:
Joe Burns, Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (c, wk), Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Chris Tremain, Nathan Lyon.
Haddin XII squad:
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Travis Head (c), Marnus Labuschagne, Will Pucovski, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitch Starc, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland.