Sydney - Australia will be touring India next year, but
batsman Usman Khawaja doesn't want to think that far ahead after a dismal tour
to Asia recently, and would rather focus on series at home this Australian
Sri Lanka was not a welcome place for Khawaja, as he top
scored with 36 across two Tests, two ODIs and two T20s. Now he has to get his
mind right to face Pakistan and South Africa, and would rather not contemplate
Asia for a while.
But to play in the home series he has to be picked, and he
hopes domestic cricket in the next few weeks will build a case for his
inclusion after being dropped in Sri Lanka.
Khawaja said: "I will look at that but...I want to
concentrate on this summer in Australia ahead.
"There is no point looking at India if I don't score
any runs in the summer here and if we don't win games against the current
opposition we've got coming. If that bridge comes or when it comes, I'll look at
"I've already sort of assessed Sri Lanka, I'm sure all
of us have. We have as a group. But us moving forward we need to win at home
first. We're playing against two quality attacks.
"They're very good teams so first and foremost we need
to do well there and once we can tick those boxes off we can start looking at
India again. I'm sure everyone will have a think about it over the
Khawaja was far from the only batsman to struggle in Sri
Lanka though, as the Aussies lost the series three nil, and the batsman feels
they did not prepare for the conditions well enough.
He added: "As a whole, we probably just didn't adapt to
the wickets quickly enough.
"I honestly think we should have won that first Test
match. If it wasn't for the little fella, the youngster Mendis playing an
absolutely unbelievable innings and getting that hundred … that sort of took
the game away from us.
"I firmly believe that if we won that first Test
everything would have been a lot different. We obviously didn't, then Galle
happened, and Sri Lanka just outplayed us."