Usman Khawaja has hit back at Cricket Australia after not receiving a national contract as he vowed to fight his way back into the national side.
The 33-year-old veteran was left out of the 20 man contract list and has not featured since being dropped during the Ashes series last year.
Despite getting on in years, the Pakistan born batsman still believes he has a role in the national side going forward.
“Age is just a number and if you’re performing, you’re performing; it’s not like I’m 37 or 38 and coming into right at the end of my career,” Khawaja said on Fox Sports.
“Without sounding arrogant, I still feel like I’m one of the top six batsmen in the country.”
“My playing against spin has been right up there as some of the best in the county. Bar maybe Steve Smith, who is an absolute genius.
“But the most important thing is to score runs.”
Khawaja still boasts an impressive 40 run average in 44 test matches as well as an average of 42 in 40 ODI’s with an 84.09 strike-rate.
A player often dubbed lazy because of his heavy frame, Khawaja shed a total of 7kg after the notorious South African series in 2018 before becoming a key performer during the Pakistan series later in the same year.
The return of Steve Smith and David Warner saw Khawaja struggle to maintain a place in both formats and he will have to rack up significant runs at domestic level if he is to force a call up from Justin Langer.