Khawaja added to Australia Test squad


Batsman Usman Khawaja has been added to Australia's squad for the second Test against the West Indies, which starts on Boxing Day in Melbourne, as captain Steve Smith has to be managed carefully because of hip and knee niggles.

The left-handed Khawaja made a fantastic return to the Test side this summer with back to back centuries against New Zealand in Brisbane and Perth before he picked a hamstring injury.

Khawaja has subsequently missed the third Test against Black Caps and the first Test against the Windies, which the Aussies won by an innings and 212 runs in Hobart on Saturday.

The selectors will have to make a tough call as Khawaja's replacement, Shaun Marsh, hit a big hundred in the victory over the Caribbean outfit.

Smith has already been withdrawn from the Sydney Sixes squad for the opening two rounds of the upcoming Big Bash League T20 competition.

The Aussie skipper said: "I'm experiencing a little bit of knee pain that I experienced before the first Test in Brisbane.  

"I landed on it yesterday and it sort of aggravated it a little bit, as well as a little bit of hip flexor soreness in my right leg as well. So I'm going to sit out the first two Big Bash games unfortunately. I think it's just precautionary."