Khawaja looks to put St Kitts horror behind him


Australia top-order batsman Usman Khawaja put in a fielding performance against the West Indies in St Kitts that he would dearly like to erase from memory.

His two dropped catches stand out in what was a mediocre effort from a team that pride themselves on being excellent in the field.

The right-hander put down Andre Fletcher in the second over, before dropping Fletcher's opening partner Johnson Charles in the eighth, during the West Indies' succesful chase.

Caretaker coach, Justin Langer, chose to use his first training session after arriving in Barbados to focus solely on fielding, targeting an improvement on what he considers an unacceptably poor fielding effort.

Khawaja is well aware that he had a shocker but is refusing to dwell on it, saying: "I don't think we fielded particularly well and obviously I put my hand up in that department,

"Sometimes you just have horrendous games and you just can't do anything about it, the ball follows you around.

"Obviously it's a big part of cricket. A big part of what we do well. If we're fielding well, we usually win games so it's quite important.

"I'm not the first person to drop a catch. It happens. You try and move on as quickly as possible."

At 29, Khawaja is not a youngster but has only recently established himself in the Australian team, despite making his Test debut in 2011, and playing his first ODI in 2013, Khawaja has only notched 15 Tests, 9 ODIs and 7 T20Is something Khawaja was incredibly frustrated about.

The top-order batsman feels his dearth of limited overs cricket is down to being type cast as a red ball cricketer, he said: "When I was younger I was always pigeonholed as a four-day player. It frustrated me a lot,

"Even when I performed back in first grade cricket at the time when I was really young, I still wouldn't get a chance at New South Wales."

The Pakistan born Australian international also feels his lack of ODI cricket was down to the strength of the Australian XI, saying: "I finally got a chance – I put some numbers on the board and I did well and we won a few games. Australia just had a set one-day team and no matter how many runs I scored in the Matador Cup, it was too hard to crack it."

Australia have two clashes left to book a place in the final in Jamaica, with the tri-series set to go down to the wire, after all three teams recorded two wins and two losses in the six preceding clashes.