Australia Batter Usman Khawaja Signs Up With Brisbane Heat, Set To Captain The Side

Usman Khawaja (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 35-year-old Australia National Cricket Team batter Usman Khawaja has signed a four-year deal with Brisbane Heat and he is all set to captain the side in the upcoming season.

The official announcement of Usman Khawaja joining the Brisbane Heat came on Wednesday, June 29. Notably, Khawaja, who is the leading run-getter for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League (BBL), left the team for family reasons.

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Usman Khawaja. Image credits- News.com.au

Meanwhile, Khawaja said that he always thought of finishing as a Sydney Thunder player but things change pretty quickly.

“I always thought I would finish off as a Thunder player, but it is funny how things change,” he was quoted as saying by Brisbane Heat.

“I’ve said it for a long time, that Brisbane is home, Queensland is home, and to be here, captain of Queensland, and now joining the Heat – it is really exciting,” said Khawaja.

“I know I will be playing in front of my family, and a home crowd, when I am at the Gabba or Metricon Stadium with the Heat. I love the Thunder and the Thunder Nation, but at the same time, this is a change that comes at the right time,” he added.

It wasn’t an easy decision – Usman Khawaja

Usman Khawaja, Australia, Ashes 2021-22
Usman Khawaja (Credits: Twitter)

Khawaja further said that switching the team was a very tough decision for him but he feels it’s the right time for the change.

“It wasn’t an easy decision, it was a very tough one, but the timing just feels right. I like to say I used to be an honorary Queensland and now I am one.

“I have been loosely tied with the Heat through my Queensland roles for several years, and so I am looking forward to the challenge of trying something new by joining them now,” he said

Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat’s new captain Khawaja will miss the initial half of the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) as he will be busy with national duty.

He will join the team after the conclusion of the Test match between Australia and South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 8.

In the absence of Usman Khawaja, Jimmy Peirson, who captained Heat last season, will be captaining the side

Usman Khawaja (Image Credit: Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
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SL vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka , 1st Test

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Australia face-off against Sri Lanka in a two-match Test series starting with the first Test in Galle from June 29. The second Test will also be played at the same venue from July 8. The Aussies lost their previous Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka 0-3 in 2016. The Test series is a part of the ongoing WTC.

Overall the Aussies have played 31 Test matches against Sri Lanka winning 19 matches. Most of their wins have come in Australia. This Aussies squad has several of the players who were a part of the 2016 series which they lost to the hosts. Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc were all part of the series back then.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Credits: Twitter

Glenn Maxwell is making an enterprising return to the Test squad after five years. He played his last Test against Bangladesh in 2017. The Aussie side is struggling with injury concerns and looks an unsettled unit at the moment. Keeping the injuries in mind choosing a proper XI might be difficult.

SL vs AUS: Australia’s Predicted Playing XI Against Sri Lanka, 1st Test

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David Warner and Usman Khawaja
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Warner scored just 155 runs from five ODI matches. However, he scored 130 runs in the three-match T20I series. The southpaw will have a lot on his shoulders opening the batting in the first Test in Galle.

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SL vs AUS Head to Head Records, Sri Lanka’s Head-to-Head Record Against Australia – Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022, 1st Test

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Sri Lanka go head to head against Australia in a two-match Test series in Galle starting with the first Test from June 29. Australia lost a Test series 0-3 in 2016 the last time they came to play Test cricket on the Lankan shores. Many of the players who played in that series are a part of this series as well. 

Cricket Australia has named a 17-member squad while the Lankan Cricket Board has announced an 18-member squad for the two-match Test series. Glenn Maxwell is making a comeback to Test cricket after five years while the Lankans have recalled their veterans Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews. 

Angelo Mathews.
Angelo Mathews. (Credits: Twitter)

For Australia, all eyes will be on Nathan Lyon who was a part of the side that lost the Test series in 2016. Lyon has taken 35 wickets against Sri Lanka in his career. He recently spoke about the insights he received from Herath that helped him change his style of bowling in Asian conditions. 

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Nathan Lyon (Image Credit: Twitter)

“What do you do that I do not do?” I asked. And he added, “I know you guys will mess up if I put the ball in one spot,” he said those things. That is a really basic mentality. What I learned from it was that the key to success for everyone is being able to outlast their defense long enough to create opportunities. That is what Rangana Herath excelled at. He repeatedly tested our defence, and he was rewarded for it” Lyon said in his conversation with Cricket Australia.

The series is a part of the ICC World Test Championship. The Aussies are currently topping the table with 72 points from 8 matches with a percentage point of 75. The hosts are placed fourth on the table with 40 points from six matches. Both the teams won their previous test series heading into this one. The Aussies defeated Pakistan and Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by 1-0 margins respectively. 

SL vs AUS Head to Head Records, Sri Lanka’s Head-to-Head Record Against Australia – Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022, 1st Test 

Sri Lanka vs Australia Head To Head In Tests 

SL vs AUS Head to Head Records, Sri Lanka’s Head-to-Head Record Against Australia – Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022, 1st Test
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Total Matches Played – 31 

AUS Won – 19 

SL Won -4

Drawn – 8 

Wins At Home 

AUS – 13 

SL – 4 

In Sri Lanka – 6

AUS Won- 2

SL Won- 4

Most runs for SL: Mahela Jayawardene-969

Most runs for AUS: Mike Hussey- 994

Most wickets for AUS: Shane Warne-59

Most wickets for SL: Rangana Herath-66

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