Khawaja grateful for chance after knee knack


Australia batsman Usman Khawaja is grateful for his recall to the Test side ahead of the series against New Zealand, and hopes to make the most of his chance after a knee injury nearly ruined his career.

Khawaja made his Test debut in 2011 but never managed to cement his place. He's played nine Tests since then, and this is his third recall. He earned it after recovering from a long lay-off, and then skippering the Aussie A side in India, as well as Queensland.

Khawaja said of his recall, on the Cricket Australia website: "I'm just happy to be playing cricket again.

"I was thinking about it this morning, and at one point I thought with the knee injury that my career might be over.

"I obviously did a ton of work to get back playing cricket again. It's a lot of fun. This is a big bonus, obviously."

Khawaja has been with the Bulls for three years now, and this first Test in Brisbane on 5 November will be his first at the 'Gabba, and he hopes he can show he deserves the call-up, and use his home ground knowledge well.

He added: "I'd like to think I've improved as a player. But everything I've done to this point now doesn't really matter.

"It's about all about what I do in the next game and then the next game and how I can contribute to wins for Australia and for Queensland. That's what I'm really focused on now.

"Every time you get a chance you want to perform, and I've felt like that every time I've played for Australia or I play for Queensland. Nothing really changes.

"Obviously I didn't take my chances the last couple of times but I'm hoping to take it now.

"I love playing cricket so I go out there and enjoy being around the guys."