Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja out of final England warm-up

Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes were on Monday withdrawn from the Cricket Australia Invitational XI to play England in the tourists` final warm-up match before the Test series.

Khawaja fluffs Ashes audition, England tour match drawn

Usman Khawaja fluffed his Ashes audition with a soft dismissal for just three runs as England`s rain-disrupted tour match against Australia A in Hobart ended in a draw on Saturday.

Taylor asks Hughes, Khawaja to look up to Hayden for `inspiration`

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.

Oz media says Marsh, Bailey, Khawaja all contenders for `vacant` middle order spots in Ashes

The Australian media has claimed that there is a close fight between Shaun Marsh, George Bailey and Usman Khawaja to claim the remaining middle-order spots in the Ashes.

Australia in upheaval ahead of Ashes bid

Australia are bracing for a battle to regain the Ashes for the first time in six years but injuries, selection woes and a questionable build-up give every sign of a team in upheaval.

Bad domestic performances won`t harm Oz ODI side`s Ashes selection chances

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.

Khawaja gets Australia A audition for Ashes spot

Usman Khawaja has been handed the chance to audition for an Ashes place after being named in the Australia A side to face England two weeks before the first test.

Khawaja takes on Warner in fight for Ashes spot

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 .

Usman Khawaja says considering dropping alcohol logo from Australian team shirt

Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has admitted that he is contemplating not wearing the logo of Cricket Australia major sponsor VB on religious grounds in the future.

Chris Rogers urges Oz selectors to pick team based on merit, not age

Veteran Australian batsman Chris Rogers has urged national selectors to choose players for the Test side based on merit, not age.

Mark Waugh calls for selectors to show patience

Former Australian cricketer Mark Waugh has said that continuity is the key to break Australia`s losing habit, and called for selectors to show a bit of patience.

Mickey Arthur spills beans on how he lost Watson

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.

Usman Khawaja might be dropped from fifth Ashes Test

Oz media has indicated that batsman Usman Khawaja could be facing a batting oblivion after Phil Hughes replaced him in the tour game before the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Watson says Oz batsmen not demoralised

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.

CA slams `racist and poorly expressed` Khawaja remarks

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.

Cowan, Starc dropped from Oz squad for second Ashes Test

Australian cricketers Ed Cowan and Mitchell Starc have been dropped from the squad for the second Ashes Test at Lord`s starting on Thursday, and have been replaced by Usman Khawaja and Ryan Harris.

More comfortable in middle order batting: Cowan

Evicted Australian opener Ed Cowan has said that he believes that he has the game to fit in one of the three other batting spots up for grabs for the Ashes.

`Ashes hopefuls` Khawaja, Hughes fail to shine in Australia A game against Gloucestershire

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 support `homework-gate` axing

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.

`Out of favour` Oz batsman Khawaja likely to get Ashes recall

Cricket Australia chairman of selectors, John Inverarity has hinted that Usman Khawaja might earn a recall in the team during the all important Ashes series this year.