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Khawaja focused on tour match

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:52PM AEST | by Luke Sheehan, Omnisport 10

Despite being on the verge of a call up to the Australian Test team, Usman Khawaja said he is focused on captaining the Chairman's XI against Sri Lanka in Canberra and not on becoming Ricky Ponting's potential replacement.

Khawaja, who plies his trade for Queensland domestically, is vying for the retired Ponting's spot in the Australian batting order for their three-Test series against Sri Lanka, with Phil Hughes and Rob Quiney also in contention.
With six Tests under his belt, Khawaja said he is prepared to fill the role for the first Test in Hobart starting next Friday, but added that his immediate focus was on leading out the tour side in their three-day clash at Manuka Oval starting Thursday.
"I don't know mate, that's not my decision," Khawaja said when asked if he was the man to fill Ponting's shoes.
"I've just got to go out tomorrow and captain the side, and hopefully I can do a good job there, and then the rest will take care of itself.
"I've put my hand up, I think I'm in the frame and there's a lot of other players that are in the frame too, so it will be a decision for the selectors. I'm sure it's not an easy one, but I'm sure they'll make the right one."
Chairman's XI batsman Alex Doolan said he is going into the game with little knowledge of the Sri Lankan bowling attack.
"It's all brand new to me, to be perfectly honest," the Tasmanian said.
"I haven't seen a lot of them, other than what I've seen on television. It's going to be brand new, a brand new experience, and something that I'll look forward to."

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

First Posted 05 December, 2012 5:03PM AEST

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