Monday, August 19, 2013

Usman Khawaja Australia Cricket Board contract upgraded

Batsman Usman Khawaja, who faces a battle to keep his place in the Australia team for this week's last and final Ashes Test, has had his central playing contract upgraded, Australia Cricket Board said.

Australia Cricket Board said Khawaja was upgraded for the 2013/14 season list after having played 3 or more Tests since July 1 this year, meaning he is qualified for more money than his state contract offers.

The Pakistan-born left hander batsmen have struggled since he was promoted to the Australia batting order at number 3 in the current Ashes series. Khawaja, 26, has managed just 114 runs in 6 innings at an average of a mere 19 against England in this Ashes series.

In 9 Tests since his debut over 18 months ago, he has scored 377 runs at 25.13 with 2 fifties. Khawaja joins recently upgraded players Chris Rogers and Steve Smith on the CA contracts list. The 5th Test starts at The Oval in London on Wednesday. England has already won the series.

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