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Usman Khawaja expects Aaron Finch to be selected ahead of him

Usman Khawaja expects Aaron Finch to be selected ahead of him
Aaron Finch was left out of the third T20I against South Africa in Cape Town.
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Australian batsman Usman Khawaja expects that former Twenty20 International captain Aaron Finch will be given priority in the playing eleven in the ICC World T20.

Finch, who has played 26 T20Is for Australia has 916 runs at an average of 39.82 including a century and six fifties while scoring the runs at a strike rate of 152.92.

Last month, after Finch suffered a hamstring injury during the series against India, Steven Smith was handed the charge of the T20I team.

Khawaja, who has played only three T20Is so far, has been in a rich vein of form in the latest season of the Big Bash League where he scored two centuries and two fifties in four innings.

Despite his excellent form, Khawaja admitted that Finch should be selected ahead of him as he feels that the 29-year-old is one of the best players in the shortest format of the game.

“Finchy (Aaron Finch) didn’t play today and he’s one of the best T20 players in the world, so we’ve got a lot of batting depth and strength,” Khawaja told reporters in Cape Town.

“Finchy was there before I was, when I came into the team he was T20 captain.

“He’s been there and done it.

“I sort of expect him to come back into the team.

“(Selection) is part and parcel of the game.

“I’ve been on both ends of it and I’m just so nonchalant about it now.

“I’m just chilled out.”

In the recently concluded three-match T20I series against South Africa, Australia managed to come back from being 1-0 down and went on to win the campaign 2-1.

Reflecting on the win against South Africa, Khawaja stated that the series victory will give Australia the much needed boost before the all-important ICC World T20.

“We wanted to go into the World Cup on a winning note.

“It’s always a little bit tougher when you haven’t.

“The fact that we won is a big bonus.

“I think everyone just about in the squad has contributed somewhat in the last three games, which is nice.”

Australia will play a warm-up match in the ICC World T20 against West Indies in Kolkata on 13th March before heading to Dharamsala to play their first Super 10 stage game against New Zealand on 17th March.

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