Langer positive after Khawaja injury update


Australia coach Justin Langer has confirmed that Usman Khawaja has had surgery on his knee and could return to cricket before the first Test against India in December.

Khawaja suffered a meniscal tear in his left knee during the second Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi and was serious doubt for the start of the four-match Test series at home against India, starting in Adelaide on 6 December.

However, Langer has revealed that the 31-year-old could play a first-class game for Queensland ahead of the series against Virat Kohli’s team.

Langer said on SEN: “My understanding is he’s had surgery – though I haven’t heard the results yet.

“Some of my messages yesterday were that he might be up for the Shield game before the first Test, which would be a real bonus for us.”

The news will come as a boost for Langer as Khawaja was one of the stand-out players as Australia slumped to a 1-0 series defeat against Pakistan in the UAE.

The left-hander, who is now Australia’s most senior batsman in Test cricket after the suspensions of Steve Smith and David Warner, struck 141 in the first Test as the Aussies escaped with a draw in Dubai.