Usman Khawaja's comeback from surgery on his knee is ahead of schedule with the opener confident of being ready for the first Test against India next month.
The experienced left-hander, who hit a fighting hundred to help Australia scramble to a draw in the first Test against Pakistan last month, has been out of action since the second Test of that series.
His stability at the top of the order — which is already without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner — has been sorely missed after a string of recent Australian batting capitulations.
He underwent surgery late last month and is already back running.
“I'm 10 kilograms lighter than I was in South Africa maybe seven months ago, so I'm sure that helps the knees in some respects,” he told Cricket Australia .
“My recovery is going really well so far. I'm trying to keep it cool, but it's actually going really well.
“I feel like I'm a little bit ahead of where I should be,” added the 31-year-old.
“If I keep doing the little things right — looking after my body, being disciplined — hopefully that'll transition to me coming back in time.”
Cricket Australia's website said there was a chance Usman Khawaja could play in Queensland's Sheffield Shield match against Victoria starting on November 27.
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