Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has questioned the ‘horses-for-courses’ selection policy for Australia’s batsmen that saw him dumped for Tests in India and Bangladesh this winter, reports Cricket.com.au.
Khawaja passed fifty in six consecutive Tests during the 2016-17 home summer but was then sidelined for four Tests in India – a scenario that had been forecast the previous August by Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of High Performance, following a 0-3 Test series humbling in Sri Lanka.
“We’re most certainly going to end up with a horses-for-courses mentality,” Howard told AAP at the time.
“When we go to India the form in the subcontinent will be extremely important. That might mean some players play really well during the summer and don’t go to India.”
The left-hander made a combined 57 runs at 9.5 in his past six innings in Asia, and believes the uncertainty around his position in the side on the subcontinent contributed to his below-par returns.