England is the toughest place in the world for first-trick batters: Usman Khawaja

Khawaja is struggling in English conditions, his average in six tests is just 19.66, which is below average considering he has scored an amazing 1,608 runs at 69.91 in 16 tests since he was called up to the team last January.

The 36-year-old is expected to be in the thick of things during the World Test final against India and the subsequent five-Test Ashes series in England.

Australia will play India in the World Test Championship final at The Oval in London on June 7, and the Ashes series begins in Birmingham on June 16. The Australians, led by skipper Pat Cummins, will try for their first series triumph in Great Britain since 2001.

England, in my opinion, is the toughest place in the world for the top three batsmen, plain and simple, cricket.com.au quoted Khawaja as saying.

The new ball is hard work, but then you get some (weather) conditions, and there’s some luck in that too; sometimes you take the other team out and then suddenly the clouds come in… other times you go out on the pitch and it’s nice and sunny. He pointed out that in changing weather conditions, beating on English fields is a gamble, and that you have to take advantage of opportunities if they come up.

If I’ve learned anything, it’s to work hard, train hard, (and) if you go to England, go with low expectations and then just work on each game one at a time, because you can fail as a batsman. But when you score, you try to make the most of your opportunities, the batsman said.

Khawaja has played in three Ashes in the 2013 and 2019 tours. However, he was dropped from the lineup before the end of both series.

Though the veteran cricketer feels he is much better than he was a decade ago, he feels there is no certainty when he faces English bowling elders James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

I feel I’ve become a better player than I was ten years ago. I have more experience than I did then. But…there are no guarantees — Anderson, Broad, they’re incredible bowlers, they’re hard to work with in the beginning.

I think on the other hand, that’s what makes it so terrific, when you score points and contribute to the team winning – which I hope I do, and others will do there – when you do it against guys like Broad and Anderson in England, it brings even more satisfaction1.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back To Top