Adaptability is key against India, says Khawaja

Australia will begin its tour of India with the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam on Sunday and Usman Khawaja believes wickets are going to be good for batting.

Usman Khawaja exuded confidence that Australia will do well in the series against India.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Australia’s top-order batsman Usman Khawaja believes adaptability is going to be the key during its limited-over series against India and said it would look to draw from its past experience of playing in the country.

Australia will begin its tour of India with the first T20 International in Visakhapatnam on Sunday and Khawaja believes wickets are going to be good for batting.

“I played in that T20 (World Cup) and the wickets were really nice,” said Khawaja, who played six Indian Premier League (IPL) matches for the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant in India.

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“I found there was probably one wicket that spun a fair bit in Dharamsala, the other ones in Mohali (twice) and Bangalore were pretty good batting surfaces,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

“You just have to adapt to whatever you get here. As the Australian cricket team, a lot of guys have had some really good performances in India in the past, so I think we can draw from that.”

Khawaja, who is currently in Hyderabad, said Australia has a lot of flexibility in its batting line up and exuded confidence that the visitor will do well in the series.

“There’s a lot of good players in this team, which is awesome,” Khawaja said.

“It’s good to have options. A lot of guys that are in this team are quite flexible on where they can play so whatever happens moving forward I think everyone will do quite well in whatever role they have,” added the left-handed batsman.

Australia will play the second T20I in Bangalore on February 27, before competing in the five-ODI series.