Feeling comfortable in current Australian side, says Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja shares a good relationship with Steve Smith and David Warner.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Usman Khawaja | Getty Images

Australian batsman –Usman Khawaja on Thursday said he feels a bit more comfortable than a few years ago he felt in the current national team, as there are no egos and too much age differences in the side that makes him comfortable in the dressing room.

Khawaja told Melbourne radio station SEN, “I probably feel a bit more comfortable now in this team than I did when I first came back a few years ago. I don’t go out of my way and try to speak up for any reason. But if I think there needs to be something said I say it. I’ve got a pretty good relationship with Smudge (Captain Steve Smith) and with Davey (Warner, Smith’s deputy) too, which always makes it better.”

The 31-year-old went on to explain, “But I think we have a lot of good players and a lot of leaders in this team and a lot of captains from other states - Mitch Marsh is also captain now of Western Australia, so it’s nice to have guys around actually thinking about it (leadership) while we are playing. The guys get along really well in this team. The fact that we have all grown up playing with each other, the majority … of us grew up in New South Wales.”

The left-hander, who made his Test debut during Australia’s home Ashes defeat in 2010-11, also said that there are currently a good feel and vibe in the Australian team, which makes things easy for everyone.

He signed off by saying, “We have all grown up playing together, so there is no sort of older player/younger player (divide) at the moment. There are no egos going around, just all the boys having a good time and playing hard cricket, which makes it a lot easier and makes it a good feel and vibe at the moment.”

Khawaja is currently in South Africa with the national side for the tied 1-1 four-match Test series with the third Test will be played on 22 March in Cape Town.


By Rashmi Nanda - 15 Mar, 2018

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