Usman Khawaja wants to continue playing for a long time with the kind of fitness and form he is in. The opening batter has hinted at playing for Australia until the age of 45. The 35-year-old smashed centuries in both innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground in the fourth Ashes test 2021-22
The left-hander also had a memorable tour of Pakistan, winning the Player of the Series award for scoring 496 runs in three Tests at a brilliant average of 165.33. The Pakistan-born explained that he is enjoying his game at the moment and wants to extend his career for as long as he can.
“I think I’ll get six or seven games and then hopefully finals to follow. I would like to play more but that’s just the way it is with the schedule at the moment. I’m looking forward to it. Right now I am feeling great. I feel like I could play until I’m 45. There is no finish line for me.” said Khawaja
Khawaja left the Sydney Thunder, joining the Brisbane Heat for this year’s BBL, and will lead them. He has also captained the Queensland Bulls in the Sheffield Shield since 2015.
“I debuted before David Warner but he has played 96 Test matches and I’ve played 51. If you look at it from that point of view I have a bit more freshness in my mind because I haven’t been in the grind of international cricket for as long as he has. That grind is tough work. You are away from your family for a long time.” he added.
David Warner and Usman Khawaja will be seen opening the batting for the Aussies soon and Khawaja will look to continue with his fantastic form. The pair will open for Australia in the upcoming Test Series against the West Indies starting on November 30 in Brisbane.