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Khawaja expects players to be picked on class, not form

Source: PTI
December 06, 2023 15:27 IST
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 Usman Khawaja

IMAGE: Australian opener Usman Khawaja. Photograph: BCCI

Australian Test batter Usman Khawaja has urged the national selectors to look for class over form when they choose his next opening partner after David Warner quits the longest format next month.

Warner is set to play his last Test at his home ground in Sydney against Pakistan in the final game of the three-match series starting January 3.


Khawaja isn't too concerned about his next partner but urged the selectors to pick the right player who can flourish and succeed at the international level.

"To be honest, it (who my next opening partner is) doesn't really matter to me, genuinely. Whoever the selectors are going to pick, they're going to pick because they think they're the best for the role," Khawaja told on SEN Radio.

"I don't even believe in the 'bat-off' people are talking about right now. I think it is going to come to a lot more than that. You can't pick teams on form. You've got to pick teams on who you think the best player is.

"If we pick teams on form, the Australian team would be changing every second week, so you just can't do that.

"Class is always permanent. Form is always temporary. It will be interesting to see which way they go. I actually don't know," he added.

Khawaja said his next opening partner shouldn't be picked on the basis of how many runs he had scored at the first-class level.

"I think it (making runs) does (play into it)," he said.

"But I think if you go a bit further back for the last five years, all of the guys that are in contention would have scored a truckload of runs.

"It would be very similar. It just depends on how big a sample size you want to make it."

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