Former Australian captain Mark Taylor has said that the batting pair of Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja should be looking at Matthew Hayden`s career transformation from limited shot-maker to awesome run machine as inspiration.
Australia`s stand-in captain George Bailey and his ODI team playing in India will reportedly be given special consideration for the winter Ashes series even if they do not play well in the Sheffield Shield matches after returning from the sub-continent.
Forgotten Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has upstaged David Warner and signaled to national selectors that he deserves a chance in the Ashes with a match-winning ton for Queensland against New South Wales .
Former Australian coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that a fall-out with former vice-captain Shane Watson had inspired the decision to suspend Shane Watson, along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson from the third Test in India.
Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who was the acting captain of the Australian side in their two-day tour match against England Lions, said that he did not believe the batsmen will be further demoralised by another disappointing display in the non-first class fixture.
Cricket Australia (CA) has reportedly expressed its disappointment with the English cricket correspondent over his `Asian immigrant` remarks for Australian player Usman Khawaja, which has created an online controversy over race.
In a further exposure of Australia`s batting frailties, Ashes hopefuls Usman Khawaja and Phillip Hughes were reportedly among the batsmen to fail as the visiting A team was rolled for 111 in its second innings by Gloucestershire.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland today backed the team management that had axed four players, including then vice-captain Shane Watson, ahead of the Mohali Test against India in March on ground of breach of discipline.