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Khawaja a good player with great technique, has got a big future: Mark Waugh

October 27, 2011 - Sydney

Former Australian bastman Mark Waugh believes Pakistan-origin cricketer Usman Khawaja is a very good player with a great technique and has got a big future".

Twenty-four-year-old Khawaja heads to South Africa for the upcoming two-Test series having - after three matches - lost his spot in the top six largely through no fault of his own.

Khawaja will rejoin Michael Clarke's squad in South Africa having advertised his candidacy with an important century for NSW in Adelaide last week but is likely to miss out on the Tests in Cape Town and Johannesburg, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

''He got in the team pretty quickly to start with. A lot of blokes had to score a lot more runs than he did originally so I wouldn't say he's been harshly dealt with. It's just the way it is at the moment. He's a very good player, with a great technique and has got a big future. But at the moment, there's only six batsmen that can fit in the team and unfortunately he's just got to miss out at the moment," the paper quoted Waugh, as saying.

Waugh added: ''He's just got to bide his time. He's only young. He hasn't played a lot of cricket so I wouldn't panic if I was him. The game changes very quickly. A week is a long time in sport.''

Waugh says he has been impressed by Khawaja's attitude in compiling a dogged and match-saving 101 in stepping back to the Sheffield Shield last week. Another Test chance is inevitable, even if it comes to watching on until either Ponting or Michael Hussey, both 36, retire.

''That's all you can do if you're not in the team. You've just go to score runs at the next level down and he's done that. He's made sure he's next in line when the opportunity comes. It will come, it's just a matter of when, not if," said Waugh.


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