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Khawaja Looking For Quick Return Following Surgery

22 October 2018

Usman Khawaja

Batter returns to Australia after knee injury

Sydney Thunder batter Usman Khawaja is targeting a return in time for the Test series against India.


The left hand superstar has returned to Australia from the UAE after injuring his left knee during the warm-up ahead of the third day of Australia's Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi.

There were initial doubts that Thunder's leading run-scorer would miss the entire summer, but he has told NewsCorp Australia that he hopes to be fit for the first Test in Australia on 6 December.

"It will not be very invasive (surgery) from what I have heard," Khawaja said.

"The turnaround time is normally quite quick. The first Test against India is what I am aiming for my it just depends on how the knee goes. Everyone is different but it is a very reasonable target.

"Some people come back earlier, some a tiny bit later, but that will definitely be the goal.

"When it first happened I knew something was wrong. A spike stuck and I heard a decent click. I felt pain straight away.

"I hoped for 20 or 30 seconds the pain would go away but it didn't. I had had the same feeling with the other one so I thought, 'I am just going to walk away here' and went back to the changerooms hoping for the best.

"The next day I was devastated. I tried to hide how I felt it but I think Tim Paine knew. He came up and put his arm around me. I had a lot of mixed emotions at the time."

Khawaja was crucial to Australia drawing the first Test against Pakistan when he made 141 from 302 balls in the second innings.

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