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Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has admitted that he is unsure whether he will make the cut for the Ashes against England in November.
Khawaja was snubbed for the recent four-Test series against India even though he enjoyed a lot of success during Australia’s recent summer at home.
In the Baggy Greens’ 2-1 loss to South Africa, Khawaja was the top-scorer in the three-Test series with 314 runs, which included a century and two fifties, at an average of 52.33.
He followed that up with 267 runs, which included three half-centuries, at an average of 66.75 in Australia’s 3-0 whitewashing of Pakistan.
“The most frustrating thing for me was not to play those three ODIs in New Zealand,” Khawaja told Fox Sports. “I got pulled out of that series to prepare for India and then not playing was a bit hard.”
While Khawaja was bitterly disappointed not to play a single Test against India, he appreciated the fact that head coach Darren Lehmann took some time out to chat with him.
“To Boof’s credit I had a chat to him about all that stuff and he came up to me and he actually knew where I was at in that things had not worked out,” the 30-year-old added.
While it is likely that Khawaja will be part of Australia’s Ashes squad this summer, he admitted that he is not looking that far forward.
“It is the pinnacle of cricket when you represent Australia — playing against the old enemy,” Khawaja said. “But to be frank it is still far away and a lot can happen between now and the Ashes.”