An average of 40.66 from 44 Tests with 8 hundred to his name, Khawaja has many doubters. But at the same time, he produces moments to convince you that he can do it at this level. There was even time this week where his name was thrown up as a potential successor to Tim Paine when he pulls up stumps on his career. Traditionally in Australian Cricket, the captaincy is given to the best batsman in the team and we have seen that the spot of the best batsman in the team is usually number 3. Yet time and time again, when you want to back him in to get a big score when his country needs it the most, batting at no. 3 where you are expected to stay in for a long time and go big – He doesn’t. So, it is not surprising to see him left out of the team in such a crunch game. Its a disappointment, considering how hard he has worked on his fitness and technique to get better over the past 12 -18 months and get back from respective injuries and try and be “the man” for Australia and finally become the player he was destined to be.
Instead, he’ll be carrying the drinks and thinking if he will get the chance to add to his tally of 12 Ashes test matches. With a measly average of just 29.85 against England and only 19.66 in England, he might not have a chance to wear the baggy green on these shores again. Whether the Ashes do or don’t come back to Australia at the end of September, it remains to be seen if Usman will be viewed as surplus to requirements.