Hours after the first ODI at Perth ended, Australian opener David Warner was ruled out of the series following his paternity leave. Warner was replaced by the in-form Usman Khawaja, who has been stacking up great numbers in the games gone by. Khawaja though will be a backup in the squad and the selectors are likely to persist with Shaun Marsh as the opening partner to Aaron Finch for the remaining ODI’s.
Khawaja, after his selection in the ODI squad, spoke of his desire to be successful in ODI’s. Khawaja finally found success in test cricket after he raked up two back to back tons against New Zealand. An injury ruled him out of the day and night test, but he registered another three-figure mark, this time in the Big Bash League.
“The hunger is to play as many forms of the game as possible,” Khawaja said after his selection. “I’ve made it clear that I’ve always wanted to play one-dayers. But sometimes it’s about timing. If I’m going to get my opportunity, I don’t know, but when I do get it hopefully I can take it and be more than just a Test cricketer. At this moment, I’m really happy with how I’m hitting the white ball.” “I’m really happy with how the Test stuff went,” Khawaja said. “There’s a lot of one-day cricket coming up in the next year. I’d love to be a part of it. Hopefully, I can contribute moving forward,” he added.
“I haven’t been told anything,” he said. “I’m just using common sense. Marsh is already there so I’d assume he’d slot into Davey’s spot and I’ll be the spare batsman. That’s what I’m expecting,” Khawaja concluded.