Two time World Cup winning captain Ricky Ponting has backed Usman Khawaja as Australia’s number 3 batsman at the upcoming World Cup. With David Warner and Steve Smith slotted to return after completing their bans, competition for positions in the Australian batting line up will be though.
Usman Khawaja was in stupendous form during the recently concluded India series, which Australia won 3-2. Khawaja scored 383 runs in the 5 match series including two hundreds.
“I think we all saw over the last few weeks just how skillful a player Usman Khawaja is… and I think when you see him play like that it just makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it a bit more regularly,” Ponting told reporters
“I would be surprised if Khawaja wasn’t in the (World Cup) squad. Khawaja could probably slot down at three when Warner comes in and Steve Smith might bat at four or five or something just to shore up those middle overs,” he added.
Khawaja will face a depleted Pakistan attack in their ODI series which begins tomorrow. A good series here would definitely nail his World Cup spot.