Cricket Australia has introduced a 15-man squad for the primary two Assessments of this summer time’s Ashes. Left-handed datter Usman Khawaja has earned a recall together with right-arm pacer Jhye Richardson.
The Ashes sequence will start from December 8 on Khawaja’s residence floor on the Gabba in Brisbane. The 34-year-old was final seen in motion for Australia within the 2019 Ashes sequence and has been in run-scoring type for Queensland in home cricket.
The Chairman of Selectors, George Bailey, mentioned that Khawaja has been in nice contact. Bailey added that the southpaw brings a relaxed, constant and skilled element to the batting line-up.
“Equally, Usman Khawaja has been in nice contact. He brings a relaxed, constant and skilled element to the batting lineup and is a confirmed run-scorer at Check stage. He additionally has the power to bat throughout a spread of positions within the batting order,” mentioned Bailey, as quoted by Cricbuzz.
Khawaja has performed 12 Assessments in opposition to England with a median of 30, however that improves to 43.44 in six Ashes Assessments on residence soil.
Other than Khawaja, Bailey additionally praised Richardson for concentrating on red-ball cricket and added that he brings an distinctive skillset to the staff.
“Jhye is seeing the rewards of concentrating on his red-ball cricket within the build-up to this sequence. We all know he has an distinctive talent set and are enthusiastic about what he brings to the staff now his physique is again on monitor,” mentioned Bailey.
Mitchael Marsh, the hero of Australia’s eight-wicket win over New Zealand within the T20 World Cup 2021, didn’t make a lower within the 15-member squad. As an alternative, the selectors backed Cameron Inexperienced for all-rounder’s function.
Australia squad for first two Ashes Check:
David Warner, Marcus Harris, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja, Tim Paine, Cameron Inexperienced, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson, Michael Neser.