Usman Khawaja back for the second ODI against New Zealand

Krishna Chopra / 05 February 2016

Australia have recalled in form southpaw Usman Khawaja into the setup for the second ODI against New Zealand to be played at the Westpac Stadium. Khawaja’s selection was simply a no brainer as the left hander has been in sparkling form off late. Australia need to win the second ODI at all costs in order to keep their hopes of a series victory alive.

Another change to the Australian side is that leg spinner Adam Zumpa will get a game as he replaces the injured James Faulkner. Usman Khawaja interacted with the media ahead of the game and said that Australia would be looking to do well against the Kiwis. “We just had an off-day the other day. It happens no matter who you are, you don’t have to worry about that. We’re a good enough team if we do the basics right,” he said.

“The past is done. I’m feeling really good right now but that doesn’t mean I’m going to contribute runs,” he said after surveying the wicket at Westpac Stadium on Friday. “New Zealand are very good in their conditions, as we are at home. I think they’ll come hard again. They’re going to try and win this series 2-0,” he added.

New Zealand all rounder Corey Anderson too spoke about the game and said that New Zealand would still hold the advantage as they are well aware about the conditions. “It’s always an advantage playing at home, familiar pitches and familiar ground sizes, and it’s something the touring teams have to get used to,” he said. Regardless of what XI Aussie put out it’s always going to be a strong side. The series is still on the line so we’re going to hopefully wrap it up.”

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