Usman Khawaja: Usman Khawaja must oust Steve Smith or David Warner to earn Australia recall: Justin Langer | Cricket News – Times of India

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SYDNEY: Dropped Usman Khawaja might want to oust both Steve Smith or David Warner to get again into Australia’s white-ball facet, coach Justin Langer mentioned Thursday. The 33-year-old was unnoticed of the squad that leaves for England on Sunday.
Skipper Aaron Finch is a sure starter alongside opening companion Warner, with Smith locked in at quantity three adopted by rising star Marnus Labuschagne, who loved a prolific yr with the bat earlier than the coronavirus shutdown.
“The best way we’re going to arrange our recreation plan in the meanwhile is Uzzie is competing with David Warner, Aaron Finch and Steve Smith on the prime of the order,” Langer advised reporters.
“And in the meanwhile our view is that these guys are getting the nod forward of him… and that is why he missed out.
“Marnus is a bit completely different, he is batting quantity 4. However he received 100 in his final recreation and has had an unbelievable 12 months.”
All-rounder D’Arcy Quick was additionally neglected, with Langer admitting it was a straight decide between him and Glenn Maxwell, who’s returning after a break to cope with psychological well being points.
“Maxwell has taken D’Arcy’s spot primarily as a result of we really feel extra assured getting overs out of Maxwell in the meanwhile than we do out of Shorty within the center overs,” he mentioned.
“Nevertheless it simply goes to indicate what depth we have got after we’re leaving Usman, D’Arcy and guys like Travis Head at house.”
The England tour, the place Australia are as a result of play three Twenty20s and three one-day internationals subsequent month in bio-secure venues, will probably be their first cricket because the coronavirus pandemic halted play in March.

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