Australia’s top-order batsman Usman Khawaja is ready to play in the Boxing Day Test against West Indies in Melbourne.
Khawaja is expected to be picked up for the second Test after passing the fitness. Meanwhile, Khawaja will replace either Joe Burns or Shaun Marsh, which would be a tough call for the selectors.
Khawaja told the reporters on today, “If there’s one thing that gets real sore after a T20 game, it’s my hamstring. It’s going to be a test and I’m not going to go out there and nurse it in any way because I want to test it. I don’t want to go into the Boxing Day test match not having that confidence. I want to go out pretty hard.”
Khawaja was in very good form before he got an injury in the New Zealand series, where he hit two centuries in the first two Tests.
On the other hand, Marsh scored a massive 182 runs in the last Test against West Indies at Hobart.
Joe Burns started very well in the series against New Zealand where he scored 71 and 129 runs in the first Test at Brisbane and after that his form was going down but decent.
Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke told the Local Media that it will be going tough for the selectors to omit anyone from the both players in the current squad. He said, “Whoever they leave out, they’re going to be hard done by.”
“Joe Burns got a beautiful hundred in the first test and I think his contribution with (opener) David Warner has been really important. Some 50, 100-run partnerships, which is great at the top of the order.”
“Shaun Marsh grabbed his opportunity with both hands.”
“Whoever they go with will perform. Whoever they leave out will go back to state cricket and continue to make runs and wait for another opportunity.”