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Usman Khawaja To Get Fit Before Playing Against India?
By CricShots - Oct 24, 2018 8:21 pm
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There are certain chances that the Australian opener Usman Khawaja will be making a comeback into the national squad ahead of Australia’s marquee Test series against India in December. Khawaja, who’s patient 141 off 302 in the first Test in Dubai denied Pakistan a victory, underwent surgery on his left knee on Tuesday after he suffered a meniscal tear during a training session during the second Test at Abu Dhabi.

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Usman Khawaja injured during practice

According to a report in cricket.com.au on Wednesday, Khawaja could be back in time for one JLT Sheffield Shield match before the four-match Test series against India which begins with the first Test on December 6 at Adelaide. Khawaja will take around four to six weeks to recover following the surgery.

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As per the reports in SEN, the Australian coach, Justin Langer said, “My understanding is he’s had surgery though I haven’t heard the results yet. Some of my messages yesterday were that he might be up for the Shield game before the first Test, which would be a real bonus for us.”

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Justin Langer

Meanwhile, former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie has expressed his support for Khawaja as he is hoping that the selectors pursue with the southpaw for the Test series. He said that Usman has been left out at certain times when maybe he shouldn’t have been and he deserves more support from the team management. 

Gillespie further added, “I think everyone knows Usman can play and I think for him moving forward, which I don’t think has happened in the past, [he should] be allowed to learn and develop playing on the subcontinent. Yes, he may have some ups and downs, but he’s certainly not on his own there. I think Australian cricket has got to identify that Usman Khawaja is a pretty special player and to be able to give him the opportunities to learn. I fully expect when he’s back to full fitness to see him making a real impact on the Australian side.”