Usman Khawaja expects to be dropped for fifth Ashes test despite twin tons in Sydney

Usman Khawaja has admitted he is “resigned” to getting left out of the Australia side for the final Ashes Test in Hobart, despite his outstanding performance in Sydney

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Despite scoring two hundreds after getting recalled for the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney, Usman Khawaja has said he is “resigned” to getting dropped for the next Test.

Khawaja replaced Travis Head in the Australia line-up after the 28-year-old tested positive for Covid following the Boxing Day Test.

And Khawaja enjoyed a remarkable return to the side, becoming just the third player ever to score a hundred in both innings of a Test at the SCG, joining Ricky Ponting and Doug Walters on an exclusive list.

However, Head is now back with the Australia squad and expected to return to the side in Hobart, having scored 248 runs at an average of 62 in the series so far.

Usman Khawaja has admitted he is “resigned” to getting left out of the Australia side for the final Ashes Test in Hobart


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There have been suggestions that Khawaja could be moved up to open the innings alongside David Warner, with the struggling Marcus Harris getting dropped.

However, Khawaja believes he will miss out in the next Test and admitted he is “not totally against it either”.

“At the moment I’m quite resigned to the fact that I probably will miss out,” Khawaja said.

“That’s the way talking to [chief selector] George Bailey and the selectors about continuity and having a similar team by the looks of it.

“I’m not totally against it either. I felt like in my career, a lot of changes were made and I was on the wrong side of them a few times.

“I’m the first to say I think there needs to be structure and stability.

Khawaja has scored twin tons in Sydney, his first Test appearance since 2019


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“I know how hard it is for a cricketer with chopping and changing for confidence.

“At the moment I’m not expecting to play the next Test much but I’ll always be ready because who knows, someone might get Covid, you’ve got to stay ready.

“I’m not a selector but I know what they’ve been saying from the start so I would be surprised if there’s changes.”

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