Australia coach Justin Langer is hopeful Usman Khawaja are going to be suitable face Bharat within the 1st take a look at in early Gregorian calendar month despite the highest order slugger undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday.
Khawaja’s batting was one in every of the few bright spots in Australia’s 1st take a look at series since the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft — a 1-0 loss to West Pakistan within the United Arab Emirates.
The 31-year-old scored eighty five and 141 within the drawn 1st match before injuring his knee whereas coaching throughout the second take a look at loss, fixing doubt his participation within the four-match home series against the top-ranked Indian tourists.
His loss for even a part of the series would be a large blow to a team already missing most batting expertise owing to the urban center ball-tampering scandal however Langer same on Wednesday he has some grounds for optimism.
“My understanding is that he had surgery this morning, therefore i have never detected the results nevertheless,” Langer told Melbourne’s fractional monetary unit radio.
“But hopefully, a number of my messages yesterday were that he could be up for the (Sheffield) protect game before the primary match game, which might be a true bonus for America.”
While Australians are going to be assured regarding their bowling for the Bharat series, the batting looked fragile against West Pakistan and native pundits have instructed that, within the absence of Khawaja, the highest six spots within the order would be up for grabs.
Former take a look at opener Langer same he thought Khawaja, opener Aaron oscine bird and all arounder Marnus Labuschagne had enjoyed sensible series however accepted that positions within the prime order square measure open.
“When you still bat like we have a tendency to square measure batting in Australian cricket at the instant, it is usually open,” Langer same.
“I assume we’ve had twenty five batting collapses within the last 3 years. it is very open as a result of we’re not activity.
“When you’re taking out Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft from the take a look at aspect, you’re invariably reaching to be challenged,” he added.
“We had 3 guys create their debuts and senior players like Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh — United Nations agency did not have a good series as has been well documented — you would like those players to face up.”
The debate over the inclusion within the take a look at team of prime order slugger Shaun Marsh associate degreed all arounder Mitchell Marsh has become virtually a practice within the run-up to the Australian summer and Langer same it’s up to the brothers to bring an finish thereto.
“We’ve got religion in Shaun and Mitch however after you aren’t activity, I perceive why folks criticise,”