Khawaja slams selection policy

Australia middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja has hit out at the selection policy used under chief selector Trevor Hohns.

Khawaja has been the victim of the selectors axe before, being dropped for the India tour before returning against Bangladesh for just one Test.

He feels that Australia’s horses for courses approach has led to unnecessary changes that unsettle batsmen.

Khawaja told ABC Radio: “They never used to do it before, I’m not really sure why they do it now.

“It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone. You hear things like ‘the players are playing afraid’ or whatnot, but that’s what happens when you drop players all the time. We’ve been doing that a fair bit lately.

“I know as captain of Queensland I try and avoid that as much as possible; players I pick in the first game, I try to stick with them as long as possible, because they’ll always be the best players on the park.

“For some reason it seems like lately in Australia that the best players always seem to be the next guy in, which I don’t totally agree with.

“[It is] very hard to develop your game and play some consistent cricket if you’re not getting consistent opportunities overseas, which I haven’t been getting.

“It’s frustrating but I’ve just got to focus on what’s in front of me. I’d love to win an Ashes series – it’s something I haven’t been able to do yet.”

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When it comes to Test cricket at home Khawaja feels that Hohns and his panel have a very strong idea of the XI for the first Test at the GABBA on the 23rd of November.

He said: “I think the Australian team is pretty stable. I’m confident the selectors already know what their make-up of the team is going to be for the first Test.

“There might be a few positions up for grabs depending on what happens in the Shield games but I’m pretty confident they know what they’re expecting.

“There was a big change last year, we brought in younger players, Renshaw, Handscomb came into the team, they did that to develop them over time, not to throw them in the deep end of the Ashes and those two have played really well. So I think they’ve been planning for this for a while. There’s a fair bit of stability there.”