Australia in SA

Khawaja ready for SA fight

2011-11-16 07:37
Usman Khawaja (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Australian batsman Usman Khawaja feels he has prepared well for the expected bowling onslaught from South Africa's Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel when the second Test starts at the Wanderers on Thursday.

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The 24-year-old, who was born in Islamabad in Pakistan, is expected to be included in Australia's line-up after Shaun Marsh picked up a hip injury in his side's crushing defeat in Cape Town, when they were bundled out for 47 in their second innings.

But Khawaja is confident he can perform if given the opportunity in Johannesburg.

"Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bowled excellently in Cape Town and I have followed them on TV for years now," he told the Beeld newspaper.

"I have probably faced almost a million deliveries in the nets and the guys have given me advice on what to expect, but its actually just more bowlers in another cricket match," said Khawaja.

Khawaja boasts an impressive record in first class cricket, but struggled in the three Test matches he played in thus far. He has only scored 118 runs at a modest average of 29.50.

"I felt really good in all three Tests but unfortunately I couldn't make a big score. Hopefully I can get another chance and make it count this time."

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