Sun. Dec 5th, 2021

A decision by Queensland captain Usman Khawaja to enforce the follow-up in a Sheffield Shield game could ultimately cost him a recall to the Australian Test team.

Khawaja sent South Australia back into the Karen Rolton Oval on Thursday when the Redbacks came 197 runs short in the first half.

Khawaja and South Australian captain Travis Head are locked in a battle to win No. 5 spot in Australia’s battle order for the looming Ashes series, which starts at Gabba on December 8.

The Bulls captain was only out with 4 in the first half of their Shield match in Adelaide. Head then also failed, out with 8 in his first innings.

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Khawaja goes cheap in Shield audition for Ashes

Khawaja’s decision to enforce the follow-up could have been a championship if Head failed a second time. Instead, the latter scored 101 of 149 balls.

The century could very well push Head ahead of Khawaja and win him the vacant spot on the Test squad to take on England.

Khawaja also gets another chance to strike in this Shield game.

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