Usman Khawaja Doubts The Selection Policy Of Australia
By CricShots - Oct 16, 2017 12:22 pm
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Usman Khawaja

Australian batsmen Usman Khawaja has some doubts regarding the selection policy of Cricket Australia following his exclusion from the squad for Tests against Bangladesh and India. The batsman has raised questions over the selection policy of chopping and changing, that could lead to inconsistency in the team.

While speaking to the ABC radio Khawaja said, “It is very hard to develop your game and play some consistent cricket if you’re not getting consistent opportunities overseas, which I haven’t been getting. It’s frustrating but I’ve just got to focus on what’s in front of me. I’d love to win an Ashes series – I haven’t done that yet. They never used to do it before, I’m not really sure why they do it now. It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone.”

He further elaborated, “I know as captain of Queensland I try and avoid that as much as possible; players I pick in the first game, I try to stick with them as long as possible because they’ll always be the best players on the park. For some reason, it seems like lately in Australia that the best players always seem to be the next guy in, which I don’t totally agree with.”

Sharing his comments on the current selection scenario he said, “I think the Australian team is pretty stable. I’m confident the selectors already know what their make-up of the team is going to be for the first Test. There might be a few positions up for grabs depending on what happens in the Shield games but I’m pretty confident they know what they’re expecting.”

In the 2017-17 season, Khawaja had a great run in the Tests, as he notched up six consecutive half-centuries. But what could work against him, that his sub-continent record wasn’t up to the mark. The news of his exclusion just a few days after he had openly talked about the racism he faced while growing up in Australia.