Usman Khawaja doesn’t feels he has any problems against spinners
By Sandy - Sep 28, 2018 6:07 pm
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Though the Australian top-order batsman Usman Khawaja hasn’t the good batting records on the Asian soil, he doesn’t feel he has big problems against the spinners.

Usman Khawaja


Since making his Test debut in 2011, the 31-year-old left-handed top-order batsman Khawaja has played 33 Tests for the Australian cricket team where he has scored 2,226 runs with the good average of 42.00. However, his record on the Asian soil is not even the close as he has scored only 117 runs in five matches with the average of 14.62 and the best score is only 26.

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While Khawaja has been criticised for his poor batting forms on the Asian soil as many experts believe that he has enough problems against the spinners, Khawaja recently claims these are all perceptions which he doesn’t bother paying too much attention as he is enjoying playing the game.

The 31-year-old Khawaja, who has been recently selected for the upcoming UAE tour to play the two-match Test series against Pakistan, recently told, “They’re all perceptions, they’re all what people may think. That’s the reason I don’t bother paying too much attention what happens outside this little bubble. I’ve got a lot of teammates around me, we’re all looking after each other, the coaches are around here to support you. I’m really enjoying playing cricket, it doesn’t matter where I’m playing it.”

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Khawaja recently toured in India with Australia A where he showed some good batting performances. In that tour, Khawaja hit one century in the List A game and one century in the first-class cricket.

Talking about his responsibility, Khawaja said, “The number one goal is trying to do whatever I can to help my team win, whether that’s a hard knock of 30 off 200 balls in the second innings, or a big hundred in the first innings. I try to go about my cricket that way now, I don’t worry about the rest. I’m not here to do anything else other than trying to help Australian win cricket games.”

The upcoming UAE tour will be Australia’s first full Test series since the ball-tampering incident happened in the Cape Town Test in this March. While Khawaja was asked if he will be under pressure in the upcoming UAE tour due to the unavailability some important senior cricketers, he doesn’t feel the same as he believes that the team has enough strength to compete.

Australian cricket team

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Khawaja said, “It’s not about going out there and worrying about those types of things, I don’t think it helps at all. We’ve got some really good players and guys who have played a lot of first-class cricket and some that haven’t.

“The make-up of the team right now – you don’t need to be a Test player to be an experienced player. I’ve grown up playing with people like (Aaron) Finch, who’s the same age. ‘Siddsy’ (Peter Siddle) has got truckloads of experience, so has (Mitchell) Starc, (Matt) Renshaw for a young fellow has played a lot of cricket and Shaun Marsh has played a lot.”