Surprised with CA ignoring Khawaja’s credentials for therefore lengthy: Joe Root « CmaTrends

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Khawaja was ignored for the primary three Ashes Tests and included within the taking part in XI after middle-order batter and first Test centurion Travis Head examined optimistic for COVID-19 after the Boxing Day Test.

Khawaja, taking part in his maiden Test since 2019, smashed two centuries within the fourth Test on the SCG, which ended with England snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat.

“I was surprised he didn’t start the series. Personally, I think he’s a wonderful player,” Root was quoted as saying by sen.com.au on Wednesday.

“He’s at a period of his career where he’s very content with his game, he’s got an understanding of how he wants to play, and we’ve got some work to do to keep him quiet in this last game.”

Khawaja’s knocks of 137 and 101 at SCG have created a range headache for Australia heading into the fifth and closing Test at Hobart, with Head out there after recovering from COVID-19.

Head has scored 248 runs at 62 batting at No.5 within the first three Tests and appears set to return for the collection finale at Blundstone Arena. If the selectors embrace each Khawaja and Head within the XI, opener Marcus Harris, who has averaged solely 30 within the collection with only one 50-plus rating, must make manner.

“It’s a phenomenal effort (from Khawaja), what he managed to achieve last week was truly brilliant. We need to make sure we keep him quiet as best we can here in Tasmania (Hobart Test),” added Root.

Khawaja has emerged because the fifth-highest run-scorer within the collection regardless of taking part in only one Test.

The left-hander has opened seven occasions for Australia throughout his 45-Test profession, scoring 484 runs at a mean of 96.8 with two centuries, in response to sen.com.au.

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