Khawaja to sit Out Bulls' Shield Match, test debut Delayed.


Khawaja to sit Out Bulls’ Shield Match, test debut Delayed.

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Queensland captain rested from Sheffield Shield game vs. Victoria for workload management.

Usman Khawaja has been rested for Queensland’s upcoming Marsh Sheffield Shield fixture, reflecting Cricket Australia’s expanded workload management approach, which now includes batters ahead of the international summer.

Although in peak physical condition, Khawaja will be watching Queensland’s clash with Victoria in Mackay from his home in Brisbane this Saturday. Queensland has four more Shield games before the first Test against Pakistan, commencing on December 14 in Perth.

Currently, Australia is actively participating in the 50-over World Cup in India, and following this, they are scheduled to compete in a five-game T20 series against the host nation. After that, they will return home for a five-Test summer. In February and March, they will also play two Tests in New Zealand, along with three T20 internationals preceding the red-ball series.

Australian squad members will undergo individual load management assessments throughout the domestic season.

Managing the workload of bowlers has become a standard practice, given the heavy cricket schedules in both domestic and international arenas. However, Australian captain Pat Cummins has expressed a desire for their quicks to play every World Cup game if they are fit, thus dismissing the idea of rotation in India.

Fringe Test fast bowler Scott Boland was rested for Victoria’s Marsh One-Day Cup match against Western Australia last Saturday, having bowled 36 overs in the preceding Shield game. It’s unlikely that he will feature in every red-ball fixture leading up to the Test summer.

Although 36-year-old Khawaja has a less hectic schedule compared to some of his Test teammates who frequently participate in the world T20 circuit, he will be representing the Brisbane Heat in the KFC BBL. His omission from Queensland’s second Shield fixture of the summer is the result of mutual agreement between Khawaja and CA, acknowledging the increasingly crowded calendar for modern-day cricketers.

Wade Seccombe, Queensland’s coach, expressed understanding of the decision, noting, “Ideally you want your captain and best player to be there for every game, but we all know that, barring injury, he will be one of the first bats picked for the Pakistan series, so we understand the rationale behind the decision-making process.”

In Khawaja’s absence, in-form Bulls wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson will lead the team. Additionally, Ben McDermott is set to play his first Shield game for his home state since his debut in 2014 following his off-season transfer from Tasmania.

Queensland squad against Victoria: Jimmy Peirson (c), Joe Burns, Jack Clayton, Liam Guthrie, Matthew Kuhnemann, Ben McDermott, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Gurinder Sandhu, Mark Steketee, Bryce Street, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.



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