Sydney - Usman Khawaja's comeback from surgery on his knee
is ahead of schedule with the opener on Thursday confident of being ready for
the first Test against India next month.
The experienced left-hander, who hit a fighting hundred to
help Australia scramble to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan last
month, has been out of action since the second Test of that series.
His stability at the top of the order - which is already
without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner - has been sorely missed after
a string of recent Australian batting capitulations.
He underwent surgery late last month and is already back
"I'm 10 kilograms lighter than I was in South Africa
maybe seven months ago, so I'm sure that helps the knees in some
respects," he told cricket.com.au.
"My recovery is going really well so far. I'm trying to
keep it cool, but it's actually going really well.
"I feel like I'm a little bit ahead of where I should
be," added the 31-year-old.
"If I keep doing the little things right - looking
after my body, being disciplined - hopefully that'll transition to me coming
back in time."
Cricket Australia's website said there was a chance Khawaja
could play in Queensland's Sheffield Shield match against Victoria starting on