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Not even the best in his family: Usman Khawaja takes cheeky dig at Ian Chappell

While Chappell's statement had ignited a debate in Australia, Khawaja's Bulls teammate and Test star Marnus Labuschagne has backed Khawaja to make a comeback in the Test team for the Ashes.

Saurabh Ganguly Editor

Updated - 9 November 2021 6:06 pm

While Ian Chappell had said that Usman Khawaja tends to perform well only against mediocre bowling, the left-handed Khawaja has now replied taking a cheeky dig at Chappell’s comment. Notably, the 34-year-old batter has been in the news in recent times with many experts and pundits believing that he could return to the Australian Test squad after an impressive run in the Sheffield Shield.

While Ian Healy had said that he would also pick Khawaja in the Australian Test side for the Ashes series, Chappell was not on the same page.

What Ian Chappell had said?

“I’m not convinced that Khawaja is a good enough player. Khawaja’s a good player against mediocre bowling, but against good bowling, I don’t think there’s much future there,” Chappell said in an interview with Wide World of Sports.

“I think everyone knows Usman Khawaja can make hundreds against that standard of bowling – but I’m not convinced that he’s going to make it against an England attack,” he added.

Here is Usman Khawaja’s response:

While Chappell’s statement had ignited a debate in Australia, Khawaja’s Bulls teammate and Test star Marnus Labuschagne has backed Khawaja to make a comeback in the Test team with two places seemingly vacant in the Australian top six.

“Everyone’s got opinions, that’s fine – to me it’s water off a duck’s back,” Khawaja said speaking ahead of Queensland’s next Shield match beginning on Wednesday.

“Chappell is not even the best player in his family, so if I’m going to take advice, I might take it from his younger brother, who I get along with very well too. GC (Greg Chappell) is a legend,” he added.

“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself. For me, it’s concentrating on one game at a time, (and) making sure I’m doing the right things for Queensland to win games,” he stated.

“If I do that I know things will work out,” he completed the answer to the question asking him to respond to Chappell’s comments.

Notably, Khawaja averages over 40 in Test cricket and has done well for them in the past at the top of the order which could mean he could be an ideal replacement option for injured opener Will Pucovski.


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