Khawaja ruled out of next two Aussie Tests


Batsman Usman Khawaja has been ruled out of Australia's next two Test matches after he suffered a hamstring injury while fielding on the second day of the second Test against New Zealand in Perth on Saturday.

The 28 year-old Khawaja, who has scored two hundreds in the current series against the Black Caps, will now miss the third and final game in Adelaide and the first Test against the West Indies in Hobart, which starts on 10 December.

Australia physio David Beakley said: "Usman suffered a left hamstring injury in the field yesterday afternoon and underwent scans in Perth this morning.   

"The scans have indicated a moderate hamstring muscle strain, which means it is likely he will be unavailable for the next two Test matches in Adelaide and Hobart."

Cameron Bancroft and Shaun Marsh are the leading contenders to replace Khawaja in the starting line-up while captain Steve Smith might consider moving back up to number three in the batting order.

The third and final Test against New Zealand will be the first ever day/night Test.