The Australian opener Usman Khwaja raised his voice over his exclusion from the recently announced contract list. He said that he is still a key player for the team and hence should be included in the list.
Talking to Fox Cricket, Usman Khwaja opened up to the unfortunate decision taken by CA selectors.
“Without sounding arrogant, I still feel like I’m one of the top six batsmen in the country,” Khawaja said.
Age is just a number
The 33-year-old, who debuted in 2011 New Year’s Test against England, has played 44 Tests and 40 ODIs, and insisted he still has plenty to offer at the highest level.
“Age is just a number and if you’re performing, you’re performing; it’s not like I’m 37 or 38 and coming into right at the end of my career,” Khawaja said on Fox Sports.
Speaking further Khwaja also countered the allegations of weakness against spin bowling.
“My playing against spin has been right up there as some of the best in the county. Bar maybe Steve Smith, who is an absolute genius,” added Khwaja.
It was a tough decision
Chairman of Austalian Selectors, Trevor Hohn, reacting to the news said that Khwaja was unlucky” and the toughest cut for the three-man selection panel when handing out national contracts.
“Uzzie was the hardest (decision) because he was ranked in two of the three formats, but just fell out of the bottom of the list.
“We know Usman is a fabulous player, I don’t have any doubts he’ll accept the challenge to get back into the Australian side.
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