“If We’re Winning, That Will Take Care”: Usman Khawaja on WTC Position

Feb27,2024



Australia's star opener Usman Khawaja has said that their focus is on winning the match and that will automatically help them improve their position in the World Test Championship. Australia is preparing for its two-match Test series against New Zealand, which begins at the Basin Reserve on Thursday. In the WTC rankings, New Zealand are on top with three wins and one loss, which equates to 36 points and a 75 points percentage.

Reigning WTC champions Australia are in third place with six wins, three losses and one draw after 10 Tests. His total marks are 66 and his marks percentage is 55.00.

Ahead of the two-match Test series, Khawaja said they will take a closer look at the standings as the WTC final approaches.

“It's always in the back of your mind. We talk about it here and there, but right now it's a little tough because we know that to maintain that percentage we just have to do it,” Khawaja said as quoted by Cricket. “The game needs to be won.” .com.au.

“You probably won't start taking real notice until the end of the year when India (their tour of Australia) starts, you think 'Okay, what's the scenario' because then the World Test Championship is quite close. But right now, It's just about winning as many games as we can and not worrying about the points table because if we are winning, that will really take care of itself,” Khawaja said.

The left-handed batsman talked about the Basin Reserve pitch, which is famous for providing quick and fast surfaces to fast bowlers.

“That wicket looks quite green there. It's hard to know, sometimes New Zealand wickets look worse than they play on. It depends on the conditions up there – when the sun comes out, even if you really have “If there is a green wicket, it can be a very good place to bat if you play with the new ball,” Khawaja said. But due to cloudy conditions, green wicket, it can be quite difficult.”

Australia Test squad: Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Mitchell stark

New Zealand Test team: Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Will O'Rourke, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson. , Will Young.

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