Thursday, May 10, 2012

Door open for Khawaja and Hughes

Those who enjoy a bet on Australian cricket matches will be interested to hear that the international door has not been closed on Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja, or so Australia national selector John Inverarity insists.

Hughes and Khawaja will not be involved on the Australia A squad for the tour of the UK next month and have been told they can stay with counties Worcestershire and Derbyshire respectively.

The pair's omission has inevitably led to suggestions that they have little chance of earning a national recall any time soon, but Inverarity denied that was the case.

"They're still very much in our thinking," he said.

"I spoke to them last Friday before they headed off to play county cricket."

Inverarity added: "The word to them was we picked very much on performance and their performances this last summer weren't quite what they might have been but we're delighted they're going overseas to play."

Hughes paid the price for a poor series against New Zealand last November and was replaced by Ed Cowan, whose stock has risen to the point he was named as skipper of Australia A.

Khawaja, who in the 2011 Sydney Ashes Test became the first Muslim to play for Australia, batting at No. 3 for the injured Ricky Ponting, was also dropped after the New Zealand series. The number of cricket bets placed is likely to rise as we edge closer to Summer, and the selection process is certain to have a significant impact on where money is placed.

Australia's ODI Tour of The British Isles
Jun 21: Tour Match v Leicestershire
Jun 23: ODI v Ireland, Belfast
Jun 26: Tour Match v Essex
Jun 29: 1st ODI v England, Lord's
Jul 1: 2nd ODI v England, The Oval
Jul 4: 3rd ODI v England, Edgbaston
Jul 7: 4th ODI v England, Durham
Jul 10: 5th ODI v England, Old Trafford

Australia A's Tour of England
Jul 27-29: Three-day game v Derbyshire
Aug 1-3: Three-day game v Durham
Aug 7-10: Four-day game v England Lions, Old Trafford
Aug 14-17: Four-day game v England Lions, Edgbaston

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