SYDNEY: Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has pulled out of a Twenty20 diversion this week and faces a aptness check before a Boxing Day Test opposite a West Indies, Cricket Australia pronounced Monday.
Khawaja, 28, was due to lapse from a hamstring damage in Thursday’s opening Big Bash League compare for a Sydney Thunder after being enclosed in a 13-man Australia Test patrol for Melbourne.
But Cricket Australia medical staff have ruled him out of a strife opposite a Sydney Sixers.
Khawaja will need to infer his aptness before Sunday’s Big Bash diversion with a Melbourne Stars, that would be his usually remaining tie before a Boxing Day Test during a Melbourne Cricket Ground.
If he fails that test, selectors will be spared a toilsome preference of perplexing to put him behind into a Australian group during a responsibility of possibly Joe Burns or Shaun Marsh.
Khawaja has not played given injuring his hamstring in a second Test opposite New Zealand in Perth final month, and Australian manager Darren Lehmann pronounced he was not peaceful to risk him but a warm-up game.
“We positively need him personification and with a hamstring we don’t wish him personification Test compare cricket if he’s not entirely fit,” Lehmann pronounced after Australia’s innings initial Test better of a West Indies in Hobart.
“He will have to be pointy in those Big Bash League T20 games he’s personification and get by those — afterwards we’ll make a preference from there.”
Khawaja scored 174 and 121 batting during 3 opposite New Zealand before he was injured, while his replacement, Marsh, done a clever box for his influence with his top Test measure of 182 in Hobart.
Australia captain Steve Smith is also have diagnosis for knee and hip injuries in a lead-up to a Melbourne Test, and has been ruled out of a Sixers’ opening dual Big Bash matches.
He pronounced he approaching to be fit for a Boxing Day clash.