Khawaja breaks silence on ODI dumping

Usman Khawaja says he’s ‘extremely disappointed’ after he was left out of Australia’s tour of England.
Usman Khawaja says he’s ‘extremely disappointed’ after he was left out of Australia’s tour of England.

DUMPED batsman Usman Khawaja says he's 'extremely disappointed' after he was left out of Australia's squad for the ongoing one-day tour of England.

The 31-year-old was overlooked last month for a spot in Justin Langer's first squad, with the likes of T20 dynamo D'Arcy Short, Big Bash League champion Alex Carey and Western Australian veteran Shaun Marsh chosen instead.

Khawaja said on Monday that he was disappointed to not be selected despite his impressive form in domestic one-day cricket, where only two players have scored more runs in the past four seasons.

"I was extremely disappointed, in all honesty," Khawaja said.

"I've had a lot of chats to the selectors and a couple with JL (Justin Langer) about it. I was a bit disappointed but some things you can't control. Hopefully I'll get a chance over the next year."

Khawaja has made 1492 at 62.17 in the past four seasons of domestic one-day cricket - second to only Victoria's Cameron White (1534) and New South Wales' Nic Maddinson (1503).

The Queensland captain told radio hosts he believes his one-day form in the past 'five or six years' warrants a national selection, but vowed to continue pushing for a spot.

Khawaja has played 18 ODI’s for Australia since January 2013, making 469 at 31.26.
Khawaja has played 18 ODI’s for Australia since January 2013, making 469 at 31.26.

"I'm not sure there's a lot more I can do other than just keep trying to score runs and hopefully I get a chance," he said.

"That's part of cricket, selections. You've got to figure out a way to move past and try to score runs.

"I just assumed that they didn't want me in the team because they just didn't want me in the team - there's not much other than that."

Khawaja added that his one-day record is better than his in Test cricket, where he has made 2226 runs for Australia at 42.

He's played 18 ODI's for Australia since January 2013, making 469 at 31.26.

Khawaja said he is clear where he stands with Langer after 'some really good chats', and believes the door is still open for one-day selection in the future.

He added: "I've just got to put my head down and hopefully an opportunity presents itself."

Khawaja is part of Australia A's one-day and Test squads that will tour India in August.



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