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Khawaja thrilled by recall

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:51PM AEST | by Carly Adno, Omnisport 24

Usman Khawaja is delighted to be back in the national team fold, this time as cover for Australia skipper Michael Clarke.

The Queensland batsman, who has six Test appearances under his belt, will spend several days at the Centre of Excellence in Brisbane alongside Australia's batting coach Stuart Law.

Clarke is confident he will recover from his hamstring injury to play in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Melbourne, which would rule Khawaja out of the second match of the series.

"You always prepare like you're going to play," Khawaja said.

"So I'll just go up there, hit lots of balls, and do what I need to do to get ready for five-day cricket again."

Khawaja was pulled from Sydney Thunder's Big Bash League match against Adelaide Strikers on Thursday in order to attend the mini batting camp in Brisbane.

Although there is a good chance Khawaja will not play at the MCG, he insists he will get better preparation in Brisbane than he would have playing for the Thunder.

"Obviously, we're not sure if I am going to play yet, but he (Australia coach Mickey Arthur) is pretty keen for me to be as prepared as I can and going up to Queensland is probably the best option for me," Khawaja said.

"Facing a few bowlers, facing the red ball and just getting my head back on to four-day cricket."

Khawaja has yet to play for Australia in a Boxing Day Test and would relish the opportunity if he gets it.

"Everyone gets their opportunity here and there if they deserve it," he said.

"I'm just happy to be a part of it.

"Boxing Day is always a big time of the year, so I'm glad to be part of the Australian team this time."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 19 December, 2012 6:51PM AEST

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