How has Khawaja responded to those who doubt his ability to play spin?

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Usman Khawaja: “They’re all perceptions, they’re all what people may think”

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Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has made it clear that he is not at all bothered by those who feel he will be troubled by spin during the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.

Khawaja has not fared well in the five Tests he has played in Asia as he has mustered 117 runs at an average of 14.62.

However, he feels his recent performance for Australia A against India A, where he scored 127 and 40 in a four-day game proves that he has what it takes to excel in spin-friendly conditions.

“They’re all perceptions, they’re all what people may think,” he told cricket.com.au as quoted by the International Cricket Council’s website. “That’s the reason I don’t bother paying too much attention [to] what happens outside this little bubble. I’ve got a lot of teammates around me, we’re all looking after each other, the coaches are around here to support you.”

Khawaja added that whenever he represents his country, his aim is to help them win.

“The number one goal is trying to do whatever I can to help my team win, whether that’s a hard knock of 30 off 200 balls in the second innings, or a big hundred in the first innings,” he said.

The two-Test series against Pakistan will be the first that Australia won’t have Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, all of whom were banned for their involvement in a ball tampering scandal during the Baggy Greens’ tour of South Africa in March.

Despite having lost two veteran players in Smith and Warner, Khawaja insisted that there are still a number of experienced players in the current Test side.

“The make-up of the team right now – you don’t need to be a Test player to be an experienced player,” he said. “”I’ve grown up playing with people like (Aaron) Finch, who’s the same age. ‘Siddsy’ (Peter Siddle) has got truckloads (of experience), so has (Mitchell) Starc, (Matt) Renshaw for a young fella has played a lot of cricket and Shaun Marsh has played a lot.”

Australia’s Test series against Pakistan begins on October 7 in Dubai.

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