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Overlooked Aussie player ‘extremely disappointed’ for not getting a chance in ODIs

Australian team came up with back to back disappointing results against England in the ongoing ODI series.

Usman Khawaja
Captain Tim Paine and Usman Khawaja of Australia. (Photo by Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Axed Aussie batsman Usman Khawaja feels he’s ‘extremely disappointed’ after he was left out of Australia’s ODI squad for the ongoing series against England. With the likes D’Arcy Short, Alex Carey and Shaun Marsh performing exceptionally well, Khawaja was overlooked.

He has made 1492 runs at an average of 62.17 in the past four seasons of domestic one-day cricket, second to only Cameron White (1534) and Nic Maddinson (1503). The 31-year-old said on Monday that he was disappointed for not getting a chance in the ODI team despite his impressive form in domestic one-day cricket, “I was extremely disappointed, in all honesty,” Khawaja told RSN.

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“I’ve had a lot of chats to the selectors and a couple with JL (Justin Langer) about it. I was a bit disappointed but some things you can’t control … Hopefully I’ll get a chance over the next year. I’m not sure there’s a lot more I can do other than just keep trying to score runs and hopefully I get a chance,” he said.

However, the dumped star batsman is ready to move past the issue and look forward to score more runs and get back to the international scheme of things. Australia will next tour Ireland in the month of August for limited-overs series, where Khawaja might get a chance on the back of his brilliant domestic performances.

“That’s part of cricket, selections. You’ve got to figure out a way to move past and try to score runs. I just assumed that they didn’t want me in the team because they just didn’t want me in the team – there’s not much other than that.”

Australian team came up with back to back disappointing results against England in the ongoing ODI series. They lost the first two games in the five-match series and aim to win the last four games remaining in the series.

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