After a fine time, Tim Paine makes the headlines, as Ashes Test series is on its way to hit the screens. However, he comes up with the good news to the Australian fans, as the left-handed batsman Usman Khawaja is likely to be available for the Ashes series, which is to begin on August 1st.
Khawaja had picked up a hamstring injury during Australia’s clash against South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament. He will also not be available for the warm-up Test slated to begin Tuesday.
We expect Usman Khawaja to be fit – Tim Paine
However, the skipper Tim Paine believes that Usman Khawaja will recover for the Test match, as there is good time left for the start of the series. He also revealed that Usman Khawaja is currently in rehab period.
“I don’t think he’s in serious doubt (of missing the first Ashes Test),” cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying in Southampton. He’s in a rehab stage so the decision has been made that he won’t play at this stage.”
“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 added.
Cricket Australia selectors are set to name the Ashes squad at the end of the four-day game between Hick XII, led by Paine and Haddin XII captained by Travis Head. The practice game will also give a clue to the team management regarding their lineup to face James Anderson-led bowling department.
Alongside Usman Khawaja. Sixteen months after leaving test cricket in disgrace over the ball-tampering furore, Steve Smith’s preparations for the Ashes have gone up to a manic level as the former skipper looks to return to red-ball cricket in top form.