Usman Khawaja. (Getty Photos)






Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting feels Usman Khawaja will want some help from the workforce administration to beat his struggles in Asia. Within the absence of banned Steven Smith and David Warner, Khawaja should play with extra duty when Australia journey to United Arab Emirates (UAE) for 2 Exams towards Pakistan.The 31-year-old has an amazing file on house soil, averaging almost 60 with the bat in Exams in Australia. However Khawaja has did not do the identical in Asian situations the place tracks are extra beneficial to the spinners. The left-hander has solely managed 117 runs at 14.62 in 9 Check innings in subcontinent. Nevertheless, within the lately concluded Australia A tour of India, Khawaja had scores of 124 and 40 in the one four-day recreation he featured in.

Ponting mentioned he too discovered it extraordinarily troublesome to get moving into Asia on the early a part of his profession, and tipped Khawaja to seek out his toes in UAE. “There’s been plenty of completely different discussions during the last couple of years about Khawaja and the way to get the get the perfect out of him,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au. “(Individuals marvel), ‘is he an Australian Check match participant solely? Can we simply not decide him on the subcontinent?'”

“I simply suppose you have to maintain selecting him – with Warner and people guys out, he is clearly our greatest batsman by a avenue. The extra he can play in these situations, the extra he’ll begin to work it out.

“It is troublesome. I used to be a bit the identical; the primary few excursions I needed to India, I struggled. However the extra I performed, the extra I discovered about how I used to be going to outlive and the way I used to be going to manage. The final couple of excursions I had there have been a number of the greatest I ever had.

“Somebody like Uzzie, he is been out and in, he is performed the beginning of a sequence over there and acquired dropped however then been picked as quickly as he is acquired again to Australia. I simply suppose he is had plenty of uncertainty about the place he is at. I used to be even a bit stunned that they did not play him on this final recreation in India (through the Australia A sequence). He was over there in India, he’d accomplished effectively after which they do not play him. He is a category participant, little question about that. The safer he can most likely really feel in his personal thoughts, we’ll see him get higher and higher.”

Australia have picked three frontline spinners for UAE – Nathan Lyon, Jon Holland and Ashton Agar. Whereas Lyon would be the first selection spinner, Ponting mentioned it is a “no brainer” for him to play Holland forward of Agar, not simply in UAE however in each situation which calls for two spinners.

“It is a no-brainer to me – Jon Holland with out pondering twice,” mentioned Ponting of Holland, who hasn’t performed for Australia since his Check debut in Sri Lanka in 2016. “He has been Australia’s second greatest spinner for a while – at any time when he performs for Victoria, he takes wicket after wicket. He is a high quality bowler.

“He let himself down a bit throughout these two Check matches he performed for Australia in Sri Lanka a few years in the past. He most likely did not bowl in addition to he might have. However coming off all of the wickets he took in that four-day recreation in India, he is in good type.

“He is improved his fielding rather a lot as effectively and I consider he is misplaced plenty of weight going by way of this pre-season going into India. If he will get a crack at it now, he is somebody who might doubtlessly play for Australia over the following few years in the suitable situations.”

Australia haven’t gained a Check sequence in Asia in final seven years however Ponting was optimistic. “Pakistan have accomplished an excellent job through the years,” he mentioned. “Regardless of who they’ve performed they have been very aggressive.

“I am positive Australia can do a superb job no matter workforce they decide. Now we have acquired sufficient depth round Australian cricket. We’re nonetheless in a position to put out very aggressive worldwide groups.

“It will be a different-looking workforce with Smith, Warner, Cummins and Hazelwood not being there however I nonetheless suppose we’ll be very aggressive over there and win the sequence. Australia have gotten to study from what they’ve accomplished over there previously, however I am assured they will do effectively.”




First Revealed: September 14, 2018, 10:00 AM IST


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