The 35-year-old batsman Usman Khawaja has been included in Australia’s 24-member Test squad for the upcoming tour of Pakistan and he will miss the birth of his second child due to the Test series because it coincides with the tour.
Usman Khawaja made a comeback in the Australian Test side after a very long time during the Ashes 2021-22 series against England, and he smashed a century in back-to-back innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground. As a result, he has retained his place in Australia’s 24-member Test squad for the series in Pakistan.
Meanwhile, in a video shared by Cricket Australia, Usman Khawaja said that his wife is very understanding and she knows cricket is important for him. He elaborated:
“She’s very understanding; she knows I love playing cricket; it’s very important to me; she’s very supportive of that, and she knows I try to support her any way I can. It’s going to take me a lot to come back; it is Test cricket for Australia.”
“I’m sort of not thinking about it because I don’t want it to happen, but ask me if it does happen. I’ve still got a lot of family in Karachi. I was obviously born there, so it’ll be nice, special moment to go over there and tick the last part of the subcontinent off. I think it will be great for Australian cricket too,” he further added.
George Bailey Reckons David Warner And Usman Khawaja Will Be The Openers In Pakistan Tour
Australian selector George Bailey has said that David Warner will most likely open the innings with Khawaja in the three-match Test series against Pakistan.
“I certainly think David Warner and Khawaja would most likely start as the openers in Pakistan. But we’re also aware – not that age is a be-all and end-all barrier – that both Uz and Bull are around 35. We’ve got a lot of subcontinent cricket coming up over the next 12-18 months, so it’s important to keep focusing on a bit of a succession plan and developing Harry’s skills. He’s the spare opener there,” Bailey said, as quoted by cricket.com.au.
Meanwhile, the Australia tour of Pakistan 2022 consists of a three-match Test series, which will be played from March 4 to 25, a three-match One Day International series, which will be played from March 29 to April 2, and a sole T20 International match, which will be played on April 5.
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