Tough to drop in-form Khawaja, says Cummins

9/1/2022 2:20:00 PM

Tough to drop in-form Khawaja, says Cummins

Tough to drop in-form Khawaja, says Cummins

SYDNEY : Usman Khawaja's fairytale comeback has presented Australia with a selection headache, and captain Pat Cummins conceded it would be hard to drop the in-form batsman from the fifth and final Ashes test against England in Hobart next week.Khawaja, 35, was picked to play his first test in 2-1/2 years

LinkedIn SYDNEY : Usman Khawaja's fairytale comeback has presented Australia with a selection headache, and captain Pat Cummins conceded it would be hard to drop the in-form batsman from the fifth and final Ashes test against England in Hobart next week.LinkedIn SYDNEY : Usman Khawaja smashed his second hundred of his comeback test to extend his"Australian dream" but the left-hander does not expect to be retained for the fifth and final test against England.Copy to clipboard https://str.Read now Please verify your e-mail to read this subscriber-only article in full The gift link for this subscriber-only article has expired.

Khawaja, 35, was picked to play his first test in 2-1/2 years only because Travis Head had tested positive for COVID-19, but he grabbed the opportunity with both hands, smashing a century in each innings and claiming the man-of-the-match award.With a fit Head set to join the team in Hobart, left-hander Khawaja said he did not expect to be retained for the final test.Khawaja, born to Pakistani immigrants, said on Wednesday he was"living the Australian dream" and his fairytale comeback has now presented Australia with a selection headache with Head set to return for the Hobart test.But Cummins did not want to rule him out.Mr Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) controls four out of the five states and a weaker showing this time could see the prime minister make concessions to different voter groups to secure a third consecutive term in the federal elections."I'll preface it by saying I'm not a selector, but when someone comes out and hits twin hundreds, it's pretty hard to go past them for the week after," Cummins said after the drawn fourth test at the Sydney Cricket Ground."Who knows, someone else might get COVID, something might happen."So we'll work through that, the selectors will work through that in the next few days.99/month for the first 3 months.

But when someone's running hot, has got a heap of experience like Uzzy, the way he plays is fantastic." The 35-year-old has frequently been in and out of the side and said he understood, even backed, the idea for stability in team selection."The BJP swept that state in 2017, which contributed to building its image of electoral invincibility." Head's match-winning century in the opening test had set the tone for Australia's dominance in the five-test series.Considering Khawaja's ability to bat anywhere in the top order, Australia could also be tempted to play him as opener replacing Marcus Harris, who has managed only one half-century in the series so far.You put all that hard effort to get up there and to be selected.Cummins said Khawaja's versatility made the batsman an asset to have.These five states would contribute nearly a fifth of the Parliament seats when the 2024 election comes around."I guess that's why he was the spare batter and picked in the squad originally," Cummins said.I've been dropped and picked and dropped and picked.

"It felt like he could replace any batter one-to-six really well.He's hugely versatile." Considering his red-hot form, Australia could be tempted to play Khawaja as an opener replacing Marcus Harris who has managed one half-century in seven innings in the series."The loss would probably bring back the same strategy they followed when they lost Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan where rural and semi-rural centric development and populist policies took precedence over a strategy of working on a long-term growth agenda," said Ms Madhavi Arora, an economist at Emkay Global Financial Services Ltd." "I know there's been question marks historically on him playing over in Asia, but you see how well he's played spin recently," he said, referring to the batsman's performance on the drier, spin-friendly wickets in Asia."Reverse sweeping, sweeping.I batted at five in this test match, it was lot of fun and got runs.He's just someone who is in total command of his game, and that's why you love experience.Vote counting for all the states will be on March 10, with results due the same day.

" (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Hugh Lawson) Source: Reuters.In Australia's bowling department, Scott Boland capitalised on the absence of an injured Josh Hazlewood and made a match-winning debut in Melbourne.

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