Usman Khawaja

Starc, Khawaja express concern over hardness of pink ball

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has raised concerns over the hardness of the pink ball, saying it loses its hardness very early and goes soft within 20 overs.

The left-arm pacer, however, feels there is a lot to like about Kookaburra's new edition of the pink ball, but added there is still scope for improvement.

"It's still losing its hardness way too early. I think after 20 overs it starts to go soft. Kookaburra are improving it a lot," Starc was quoted as saying by news.com.au.

"They've changed the colour of the seam and put another coat of lacquer on it, which is helping the ball but I think we just want to see that ball stay hard for a lot longer than it does," he added.

Khwaja must not expect automatic recall to Oz Test squad

/Usman-KhawajaMelbourne, Jan 1 : The sudden retirement of Mike Hussey won''t guarantee gifted New South Wales left-hander Usman Khawaja an automatic recall to the Australian Test team.

Khawaja has been in wonderful form this domestic season, blasting an unbeaten 66 off 47 balls in the Big Bash League on Sunday, and is again the standby batsman for injured skipper Michael Clarke for the Sydney Test.

But Cricket Australia is prepared to look at rookie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for the Sydney Test and at least next month''s tour of India.

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