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Cricket new, Usman Khawaja turns heads again as recall potential increases

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Usman Khawaja once again reminded selectors of his worth as he led Queensland to a four-wicket One-Day Cup victory over Tasmania on Monday.

As Australia embark on a five-game T20 streak against New Zealand, Khawaja’s courageous 93 to save Queensland served as a timely reminder of what the batsman is capable of doing if his services were required at the top. of the national order.

The southpaw’s day finally came to an end when he edged Nathan Ellis behind, where Australian test captain Tim Paine won a single catch.

But it was his 87-time partnership with Joe Burns that formed the foundation for Queensland’s impressive heats, as each of their first seven has doubled the numbers.

Khawaja’s latest big score comes just two days after crashing a non-clinic 115 in the Sheffield Shield.

Khawaja, who has not been seen for Australia since the 2019 Ashes in England, had his name in the hat ahead of Australia’s devastating Border-Gavaskar loss to India this summer.

While the selectors weren’t willing to return to the nifty opener, his latest shot proves there’s still plenty of fire in the crease.

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