FORM SLUMP: Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja bats during a practice session in Sri Lanka.
FORM SLUMP: Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja bats during a practice session in Sri Lanka. Eranga Jayawardena

Khawaja will bounce back, says Warner

CRICKET: Stand-in Australian skipper David Warner has backed Usman Khawaja to get his mojo back.

Khawaja was dropped for the third Test in Sri Lanka after he scored just 55 runs in his first four innings of the series, and was subsequently left out of the opening three one-day internationals on the tour.

He earned a recall for tonight's fourth ODI in Dambulla after Shaun Marsh was forced to quit the tour with a broken finger.

Warner, who has also struggled for runs in the first three of the one-day games, said he was confident Khawaja would return to the brilliant form of last summer on home soil.

"I think we all need to have a reality check sometimes in regards to the way that we play our game,” Warner said.

"He's been training his backside off in the nets and he's been doing everything he can to put his hand up for selection.

"He accepts that he didn't have the runs on the board and he is doing everything he can to get back in the team.”


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