Former Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting believes that inconsistent form and not being able to produce his best in international cricket has made it difficult to make his comeback in the Test cricket.
The 33-year-old Khawaja was a notable exclusion when Cricket Australia (CA) announced its centrally contracted players last month.
Former batsman thinks we may have seen the last of Khawaja in the longest format. “I honestly think now he’s going to find it difficult [to regain his place] and I feel for him,” Ponting said while speaking to an Australian radio channel.
“I love Usman Khawaja, I got really close to him over the last 10 years since he made his debut and I talk to him quite regularly,” Ponting added.
“I’ve always felt he’s a very good player and we probably never saw the absolute best of him at international cricket. We saw glimpses of it, and dribs and drabs, but not the consistently good player I thought he could have been for Australia,” he maintained.
Khawaja, who last played for Australia in Ashes still believes he is among the top six batsmen in the country.
“Without sounding arrogant, I still feel like I’m one of the top-six batsmen in the country,” Khawaja told Fox Sports.
“My playing against spin has been right up there as some of the best in the county. Bar maybe Steve Smith, who is an absolute genius. But the most important thing is to score runs,” he added.