The captain of the Australian Cricket Team Steven Smith thinks that Usman Khawaja will play atleast one game in the One-Day International (ODI) series against New Zealand because the left-handed batsman deserves to play atleast one game before test matches.
The Australian opener Aaron Finch is injured so Khawaja was included in the squad but Shaun Marsh will be their first choice to open with David Warner. On the other hand Usman Khawaja will sit on the bench and will not be able to play red ball domestic cricket matches.
Smith said that it is very important for the player to get some practice in the New Zealand conditions as the balls seams there and the batsmen will need some time to adjust in the environment and the conditions. But according to Smith, the other left-hander Shaun Marsh deserves first opportunity.
Marsh had to be dropped from the Test squad even after scoring 182 as Usman Khawaja came back from injury whereas Marsh had to be benched again after scoring 2 consecutive fifties in ODI matches against India when David Warner came back after paternity leave.
Smith said that when they played New Zealand in New Zealand last year in the World Cup, the ball was swinging a lot and they were bowled out very early, so they will have to find a solution this time and make sure that they are fully prepared to face New Zealand seamers.