Pat Cummins hints at Khawaja retaining his spot for the Fifth Test

Pat Cummins hints at Khawaja retaining his spot for the Fifth Test

Australia captain Pat Cummins has suggested Usman Khawaja should retain his spot for the final Ashes Test in Hobart after his marvelous comeback with twin centuries at the SCG. Cummins is not on the selection panel – which consists of George Bailey, Justin Langer and Tony Dodemaide – but said Khawaja is someone who is in “total command of their game”.
 
However, speaking after the record second of his centuries on Saturday, Khawaja said he remained happy with the fac that this might be a one-off comeback with Travis Head, who made 152 in the opening Test in Brisbane, assured of a return after missing Sydney due to Covid-19 diagnosis.
 
The only choice remaining to the selectors is to drop Marcus Harris and promote Khawaja as an opener. Harris has made 179 runs at 29.83 in the series which included a fighting half-century in tough conditions at the MCG but he twice gave away decent starts in Sydney. Khawaja’s versatility was one of the key reasons behind him being the reserve batter in the Ashes squad and he would have replaced David Warner in Adelaide if his damaged ribs had prevented him playing.
Cummins wants Khawaja to retain his spot after hitting twin centuries
“I’ll preface it by saying I’m not a selector, but when someone comes out and hits twin hundreds, it’s pretty hard to go past them for the week after,” Cummins said. “So we’ll work through that, the selectors will work through that the next few days. But when someone’s running hot, has got a heap of experience like Uzzy, the way he plays is fantastic.”
 
“Felt like he could replace any batter from one to six,” Cummins said. “I know there’s been question marks historically on him playing over in Asia but you see how well he’s played spin recently – reverse sweeping, sweeping – he’s just someone who’s in total command of his game. That’s why you love experience.”
 
“I wanted about three-and-a-half an over, though the wicket still wasn’t playing too many tricks,” he said. “I thought if they batted well 350 is pretty achievable. Thought 110 overs was enough time… but in the back of our mind we knew it could be a bit of a grind.
 
“I think this year compared to last year we have made some improvements, we probably stuck at some plans a little bit longer. When you are that far ahead of the game of course you want to win it but I thought England played well. I was really proud of how everyone went, got close just not close enough.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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