For much of his cricketing career, one of the big knocks on Usman Khawaja was that he didn’t seem to care enough.
Rarely one to show emotion, Khawaja’s stoic nature attracted criticism from the likes of Australia great Shane Warne, who would frequently harp about the Queenslander’s body language and seemingly indifferent demeanour.
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Warne backed the decision to drop Khawaja from the national team in November last year, saying “(Khawaja) can be better, particularly with his body language”.
While it isn’t visible on the field, there is no doubt Khawaja does indeed deeply care about his place in cricket, as the upcoming Amazon series The Test reveals.
Following the Australian team as they embark on their first visit to the United Kingdom since the Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were suspended over the sandpaper scandal, the documentary series follows the team through the Cricket World Cup and Ashes.
Khawaja, who was still in the ODI team at this point, went down with a hamstring strain during their final group stage match against South Africa.
That match proved to be a crucial one, with Australia’s eventual loss sending them into a semi-final against eventual tournament champions England.
Chasing 326 to defeat South Africa, Khawaja was always going to be relied on for runs - but when his hamstring gave out, the usually nonplussed batsman was heartbroken.
Behind the scenes footage shows Khawaja breaking down in the rooms as he realises his tournament is over.
“It came out of absolutely nowhere,” Khawaja said during the documentary.
“As soon as it happened, I knew, ‘Oh s**t, I’m cooked here.’
“I honestly can’t remember being that disappointed coming off a cricket field ever in my life.
“Walking off the field like that and not being out just feels like you’ve let your team down straight away.”
Khawaja’s injury turned out to be a crucial moment not just in the World Cup, but also for the Ashes series that followed and also for the batsman’s own career.
Usman Khawaja's hamstring injury at the World Cup looking like a sliding doors moment: impacted his Ashes build-up and lost Test place after a lean(ish) three matches and now he's out of the ODI side as well. #AUSvIND— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) December 17, 2019
The strain impacted Khawaja in the Ashes, and eventually led to him being dropped from the ODI team.
Despite an outstanding summer in the 2019/2020 Marsh Cup, the rise of Marnus Labuschagne has left Khawaja on the outside looking in.