Former Test opener Simon Katich has stated that Cricket Australia (CA) cannot ignore the ability of veteran batter Usman Khawaja for he fifth and final Test in Hobart following his century at the SCG.
Katich feels Khawaja should be considered for the Hobart Test as well as the upcoming tour of Pakistan in March-April.
“He’s definitely in the four best batsmen of Australia,” Katich said to 1170 SEN Breakfast. “His Test average suggests that. He averages over 40. Given the way he got the hundred yesterday (Thursday), he has to stay in the team.”
“At the end of the day, (Khawaja) scored a test hundred,” Katich added.
“Marcus Harris… he’s into his 13th Test match, still hasn’t got a hundred and averages mid 20s whereas Khawaja averages over 40. Head comes back in so that means Harris misses out.
“It’s unfortunate (but) if you don’t make Test hundreds, there’s always someone else out there to grab your spot.”
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