Ashes 2021: Australia recall Usman Khawaja to squad

Batsman Usman Khawaja has been recalled to Australia’s Test squad for the Ashes and will duel with Travis Head for the middle order spot vacated by Matthew Wade. Khawaja, who has played 44 tests, had been ignored by selectors since being dropped during the 2019 Ashes but the Queensland captain has made a strong case for selection with back-to-back centuries in the Sheffield Shield last month.

“Usman Khawaja has been in great touch,” said selector George Bailey. “He brings a calm, consistent and experienced component to the batting line up and is a proven run scorer at test level. He also has the ability to bat across a range of positions in the batting order.”