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Khawaja facing danger of losing Ashes berth to ‘surprise choice’ Marsh

Updated: Apr 23, 2013, 11:24 AM IST

Sydney: Australian batsman Usman Khawaja is reportedly facing the danger of being swapped from a potential Ashes berth by the selectors in favour of his team-mate Shaun Marsh.

Khawaja, who plays in the domestic Queensland Bulls team, is far from being the flavour of the month with Australian selectors, who had reservations about him even before he was one of four players axed for a Test in India for disciplinary reasons, reports.

According to the report, another reason for the doubt over Khawaja`s Ashes selection may be that he had showed a lack of performance in last summer`s top-level cricket, when he spent much of the season as a travelling Australian reserve.

The report said that although the left-handed Marsh, playing for Western Australia, is a surprise selection as he had averaged just 19 in the Sheffield Shield last season, his impressive form in the Big Bash, combined with promising signs of improvement late in the Shield season, may have made him a favourite with the selectors.

The report added that the fact that both Khawaja and Marsh have a 50-50 chance for the Ashes is another wake-up call to Khawaja, who several years ago looked to be the next big thing.

Australia`s Ashes squad could be named as soon as this week and if Khawaja`s name is not read out, it will be back to square one for the former NSW batsman, who came to Queensland to resurrect his career, the report added.