Many a capable batsman has struggled with the swinger and none other than Usman Khawaja is slated to spend some time in India for the opportunity to work on his primary weakness.
Khawaja recently turned in a ton in his first county cricket appearance for Glamorgan. That experience might well serve him when the Australia A team returns to the same Edgbaston venue for one of the Ashes Tests in 2019.
He smacked 125 against Warwickshire and emphatically planted his flag for a return under a baggy green.
Glamorgan had enlisted Khawaja for the T20 Blast, but he willingly showed up early to fill in for Shaun Marsh, who is experiencing the horror run of Australia’s ODI squad againstEngland.
Khawaja needed a good outing to restore his confidence after posting single digit score in the Test series against South Africa, a series notable for reasons others than Khawaja’s struggles with the willow.
The other player who turned in a good performance at the proper time was Matthew Renshaw. He recently turned in his third county century and he was recalled for the final Test in South Africa to fill in for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Renshaw’s side sits on top of the county championship table, in some part due to the 411 tally Renshaw posted. He is averaging 58 and looks like a lock to hold the spot at the top of the Australian Test batting order for two matches against Paki in October.
Meanwhile, England was beaten by Scotland in Edinburgh, making them as easy target for Australia in this week’s play. The Scots were all Braveheart to a man, beating England for the first time ever.
England conceded the fourth highest run total in its history and cast doubt over the favourtism of the Brits to win the upcoming five match series against the Aussies, which begins at The Oval today.