ICC World Cup 2019: Injury Scare for Australia as Usman Khawaja Suffers a Ligament Injury
Australia Cricket Team have landed in London brimming with confidence after series win against India and Pakistan leading to the ICC World Cup 2019. Besides, the addition of Steven Smith and David Warner have boosted their confidence ahead of the tournament. However, they received an injury scare with star opener Usman Khawaja limping off the ground during their warm-up game against Sri Lanka.
Another injury scare for Khawaja
Meanwhile, this is the second time Khawaja had to leave the field in three practice games which are worrying sign for the defending champions. The southpaw limped off the Ageas Bowl after suffering a blow on his left knee while fielding in a practice game against Sri Lanka. While it looked like not too severe but Usman Khawaja struggled to get to his feet, and the team doctor had to escort him off the field. Nathan Coulter-Nile replaced Khawaja in the field.
Usman Khawaja has been in great form and is having a duel with Shaun Marsh for a place in the playing XI. While Marsh has average 40 in the practice games, Khawaja has scored at a rate of 30 runs per game. Notably, both of them played crucial roles in Australia eight-match winning run leading to the World Cup.
Notably, earlier this week, Usman Khawaja suffered a blow on his jaw off Andre Russell during the practice game against Windies. Scans, however, revealed no break and he was ready to play in the warm-up match against England. Previously, the left-hander had problems with that knee, requiring surgery after tearing his meniscus during Australia’s Test series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Since the start of 2019, Khawaja has scored 769 runs from 13 matches at an average of 59.15. Australia will hope Usman Khawaja to recover ahead of the campaign opener on June 1 against Afghanistan.
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