Australia's Usman Khawaja has been sent for scans on his jaw after being struck on the helmet by a bouncer during a Cricket World Cup warm-up against West Indies.

The top-order batsman had just five runs to his name when he was forced to retire hurt.

Khawaja was struck by a delivery from Andre Russell during the second over of Australia's run chase in Southampton.

He is not expected to play any further part in the match.

Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 at Bristol.

They have further warm-ups with hosts England and Sri Lanka prior to beginning the defence of the title they won when co-hosting in 2015.

Steve Smith and David Warner's year-long international exile has come to an end following their inclusion in Australia's squad for the Cricket World Cup.

Smith and Warner were stripped of their roles as captain and vice-captain respectively and banned for 12 months for their involvement in a ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa in March 2018.

Their suspensions expired last month and the pair – who did not feature in the one-day international series against Pakistan in the Middle East – will be in action at the World Cup in England, starting in June.

However, the 15-man squad – led by captain Aaron Finch – does not include in-form batsman Peter Handscomb and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, while the likes of D'Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Ashton Turner and Matthew Wade also missed out.

Handscomb has averaged 43 in 13 games this year, including a maiden ODI hundred against Indian, but there is no room for the Victorian following Smith and Warner's return.

Despite being sidelined since January due to injury, Hazlewood was confident of earning a World Cup spot but Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are Australia's preferred pace options.

Starc and Richardson's inclusion for the showpiece 50-over tournament is subject to fitness.

"Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world-class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL," Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said.
 
"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the Cricket Australia [CA] medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1.  
 
"Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15.
 
"Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England.
 
"Josh Hazlewood has also been named in the Australia A squad. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes Tour."

 

Australia’s World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Justin Langer says one or two players will be "brutally unlucky" to miss out on selection when Australia name their Cricket World Cup squad.

Langer's men will head to the United Kingdom for the global tournament, which begins at the end of May, having won eight ODIs in a row, after they completed a 5-0 sweep of Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

Much debate has centred on how Australia will fit Steve Smith and David Warner – both available again after 12-month bans for their roles in last year's ball-tampering scandal – into a batting line-up that fired consistently against India and Pakistan.

There is also stiff competition for bowling places and Langer was quoted by cricket.com.au as saying: "We know categorically there are going to be one or two guys brutally unlucky not to get selected because they're all going so well.

"The blokes in the squad at the moment will be praying it's not them."

While Australia's selectors appear to have a tough task ahead of them, Langer added: "It's actually becoming more obvious by the day to me, the same with the other selectors.

"It becomes more clear as you watch games. That's why games are so important. There's obviously going to be a couple of really disappointed players, but that's the tough business we're in."

One of the biggest selection dilemmas concerns the opening slots. Warner is a proven performer at the highest level and his first three Indian Premier League innings over the past seven days have yielded scores of 85, 69 and 100 not out.

However, Australia's incumbent openers have both excelled in recent weeks. Skipper Aaron Finch plundered 451 runs in five matches against Pakistan, while Usman Khawaja's 98 on Sunday was his fifth score of 88 or more – including two centuries – in 10 innings.

Langer hinted at all three being picked at the World Cup as he stated: "David has shown he's a very versatile player, Uzzie's batted three a number of times, Finchy's batted in the middle order. Versatility is important."

Australia's top order fired once again as they completed a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan with a 20-run victory in the fifth ODI in Sharjah, despite a fine hundred from Haris Sohail.

Steve Smith and David Warner are now available for selection after completing 12-month bans for their part in last year's ball-tampering scandal, but on recent evidence it will be no easy task finding places for the former skipper and vice-captain at the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

All of Australia's top four passed 50 on Sunday as the tourists racked up an imposing total of 327-7, Usman Khawaja leading the way with 98 – his seventh score in excess of 50 in his last 10 ODI, including two centuries.

Skipper Aaron Finch contributed 53 to an opening stand of 134 and finishes the series with 451 runs, while Shaun Marsh added 61 and Glenn Maxwell provided excellent acceleration late on with a typically flamboyant 70 from 33 deliveries.

Haris compiled 130 from 129 balls in reply and shared century partnerships with Shan Masood (50) and Umar Akmal (43) to keep Pakistan in the hunt.

However, the respective dismissals of Umar and Haris in the 40th and 41st overs left Pakistan with too much to do and they fell short on 307-7 despite an unbeaten 50 from stand-in captain Imad Wasim.

Australia have now won eight ODIs in a row and could not be in better form ahead of the World Cup, which begins in two months.

Khawaja and Finch faced a few nervy moments early on after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl, but Australia's openers were soon in command once again as they put on 134 in 23.2 overs.

Usman Shinwari accounted for the pair, with Khawaja picking out midwicket to miss out on another hundred, yet Marsh made his second fifty of the series and Maxwell raised the tempo superbly, thumping 10 fours and three sixes.

A flurry of late wickets saw Shinwari and Junaid Khan finish with 4-49 and 3-73 respectively, before Abid Ali – a centurion on debut last time out – fell to the recalled Jason Behrendorff for a golden duck at the start of the Pakistan chase.

Haris, who made his maiden ODI hundred last week, anchored the innings superbly thereafter and a tense finale was in prospect as he and Umar combined to leave 93 needed from 11 overs, with six wickets in hand.

Both set batsmen fell in quick succession to Lyon and Kane Richardson, though, and Imad's fighting fifty was not enough for Pakistan.

The returns of Steve Smith and David Warner could make Australia a real force in the Cricket World Cup but it has also given the selectors a headache.

Australia have been resurgent in the 50-over format, securing a 3-2 series win in India and winning the first two ODIs against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Head coach Justin Langer stated that it would be "crazy" not to include Smith and Warner for the World Cup.

But that bodes the question, which players will make way to accommodate two of the best batsmen in the world?

With Smith and Warner's 12-month bans for their parts in the ball-tampering scandal ending this week, we look at how the return of the former captain and vice-captain could affect some of the members of the current squad.

 

ASHTON TURNER

Batting all-rounder Turner would appear to be one of the most vulnerable players.

The 26-year-old made a brutal unbeaten 84 from just 43 balls in a sensational victory over India in Chandigarh this month, but it would be no surprise if he is overlooked.

There is no doubting the clean-striking Turner's ability, yet more experienced ODI batsmen are above him in the pecking order.

 

SHAUN MARSH

Marsh certainly has experience on his side, but that may not be enough to secure a seat on the plane.

The 35-year-old left-hander made a superb 91 not out in the first match of the series against Pakistan in Sharjah and he is more than capable of delivering under pressure in a World Cup.

Regardless of the contribution Marsh makes in the remainder of the series in UAE, he could be in for disappointment when the squad is named.

 

ALEX CAREY

Wicketkeeper-batsman Carey has donned the gloves in India and UAE, but he is certainly not guaranteed to make the cut.

Matthew Wade and Tim Paine could be preferred to Carey, while Peter Handscomb provides another keeping option.

Carey has not scored an international half-century, but the recent form of batsmen at the top of the order has given him limited opportunities at the crease.

 

PETER HANDSCOMB

Handscomb has struggled at Test level, but scored a timely first ODI hundred in Chandigarh.

He followed it up with a half-century in Delhi and made an unbeaten 30 in the first match of the series against Pakistan.

Handscomb's keeping skills are a major plus and he has given himself a strong chance of being selected.

 

USMAN KHAWAJA

Khawaja spent two years in the ODI wilderness before returning for the home series with India in January.

The left-hander has grasped his opportunity with both hands, scoring two hundreds and four half-centuries at the top of the order.

Khawaja averaged 76.6 in the series win in India and crafted 88 in the second ODI against Pakistan, so he has surely done enough to merit a place but is unlikely to open in the World Cup with Warner set to come back into the fold.

Australia have played 43 games across all formats in the time Steve Smith and David Warner have been banned - and the statistics suggest the two should have no problem walking back into the XI for the upcoming Ashes.

Ex-captain Smith and former vice-captain Warner are available to be selected for their country again from this week when the 12-month bans for their roles in the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal come to an end.

Here, with the help of Opta, we take a look at how Australia's batsmen have fared across all three formats over the past year without the duo.

 

TESTS (P9 W3 D2 L4)

The first Test without Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who was given a nine-month ban for his part in the saga, ended in a 492-run loss to South Africa as the Proteas wrapped up a 3-1 series success.

Matthew Renshaw was one of those drafted in for that final match in Johannesburg, but having scored a cumulative 13 across two innings, he has not appeared in a Test since. 

Peter Handscomb initially filled Smith's spot at four and averaged fewer than 19 across seven innings, though Joe Burns was one of the success stories, the opener's 180 against Sri Lanka last month helping him to an average of 50 over the past year.

Travis Head (51) had a better average than Burns in that time, but openers Aaron Finch (27.8) and Marcus Harris (32.7) were unable to replicate Warner (48.2), particularly when they struggled in a 2-1 home series loss to India.

Having made his Test debut in October, Marnus Labuschagne batted at four in the recent two-match series with Sri Lanka, yet his average of 26.3 pales in comparison with Smith's 61.4.

 

ODIS (P18 W7 L11)

With a World Cup on English soil looming on the horizon later in 2019, Australia's 50-over fortunes were looking grim as little as three weeks ago.

A five-match series in India began with defeats in the opening two matches, meaning the world champions had lost 11 of 13 ODIs since the Newlands scandal.

But a stunning comeback sealed a 3-2 win over Virat Kohli's men, and Australia have continued that momentum in the UAE, where successive Finch hundreds mean the tourists lead Pakistan 2-0 in a best-of-five contest.

Those centuries have lifted Finch's ODI average across the past year to 39.4, while the likes of Usman Khawaja (60.9), Shaun Marsh (59.3) and Handscomb (52.1) have all benefitted from opportunities they may not otherwise have had.

Two months out from the start of the World Cup, the holders appear to be finding form at just the right time, and the returns of Smith and Warner will leave head coach Justin Langer nursing a welcome selection headache.

 

TWENTY20S (P16 W7 L8 NR1)

Smith's ban had little effect on his nation's T20 form - the 29-year-old having not featured in that format since March 2016 - yet Warner left a bigger void to fill having scored more than any other Australian in the shortest format.

Despite that, four leading batsmen averaged more than Warner's 26.7 over the previous 12 months.

Finch amassed 465 runs, though that total comes with the caveat that 324 of those were accrued in his first three innings. In his past 13 T20 knocks for Australia, Finch has averaged only 10.8.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell (averaging 34), D'Arcy Short (28.3) and Head (27.3) were the others to shine in Warner and Smith's absences.

Usman Khawaja's maiden ODI hundred and a fine spell of spin bowling from Adam Zampa saw Australia beat India by 32 runs to keep the five-match series alive.

Australia went into the third game 2-0 down but they halved that deficit following an excellent all-round performance as India failed to reach their 314-run target.

Khawaja had been unable to build on solid starts in the first two matches but he kicked on this time, working the ball on both sides of the wicket on his way to three figures.

He was ably assisted by captain Aaron Finch (93), Glenn Maxwell (47) and Marcus Stoinis (31 not out), but their 313-5 looked like being below par when Virat Kohli began to fire.

After a shaky start to their reply, India got ahead of the run-rate thanks to the ever-reliable Kohli – who recorded his second successive century in the series.

It was in vain, though, as he again fell to Zampa and Australia held on to secure a narrow win, giving them hope of winning the series in the final two matches.

Finch and Khawaja immediately made Kohli rue his decision to put Australia in as they set about the India bowlers, the pair sharing a 193-run stand for the opening wicket.

While Khawaja employed a mixture of nurdling and big hitting, Finch was not waiting around, the long-on boundary proving a particular favourite for the skipper.

A century looked inevitable but he was trapped lbw by Kuldeep Yadav seven runs short, however Khawaja had no such problems reaching the milestone and he reached 100 with a clip off his hips.

Maxwell picked up where Finch left off and even hit the sightscreen with one huge maximum.

Stoinis and Alex Carey (21no) lifted Australia above 300 and the early wickets of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan looked to have given them the upper hand.

However, Kohli's presence quickly wrestled the advantage back for the hosts as he crashed 16 boundaries and one six, and posted a 41st ODI hundred - moving him eight behind record-holder Sachin Tendulkar.

Zampa took plenty of punishment from the skipper but he had the last laugh, dismissing Kohli for the third time in five matches with a googly.

India were only 94 behind when Kohli departed in the 38th over but the lower order were unable to get them over the line as they were bowled out for 281 with 10 balls remaining.

Unbeaten half-centuries from Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni sealed a six-wicket victory for India in the opening one-day international against Australia in Hyderabad.

Australia won both Twenty20 Internationals between the sides, but Virat Kohli's side came out on top in the first of five ODIs on Saturday courtesy of an unbroken stand of 141 from Jadhav and Dhoni.

Opener Usman Khawaja (50) was the only Australia batsman to make a half-century in their total of 236-7, with Mohammed Shami (2-44), Jasprit Bumrah (2-60) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-46) taking two wickets apiece.

The match was in the balance when Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa reduced India to 99-4, but Jadhav and Dhoni came to the rescue with superb knocks of 81 and 59 respectively.

Aaron Finch was caught behind off Bumrah without scoring after winning the toss in his 100th ODI, but Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis prevented further early damage from being done.

The excellent Shami and Bumrah kept it tight before Khawaja launched Kuldeep's third ball for six and Stoinis looked well set before whipping Jadhav to Virat Kohli at midwicket, ending a stand of 87.

Khawaja reached his half-century from 74 balls, but was on his way when Vijay Shankar took an excellent catch for Kuldeep and Australia were 133-4 after the spinner removed Peter Handscomb.

Glenn Maxwell - promoted to number five after his Twenty20 heroics - timed the ball sweetly as he struck five boundaries before being cleaned up by Shami, who also bowled Ashton Turner.

Alex Carey (36 not out) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (28) added 62 for the seventh wicket but the India bowlers did a great job of restricting the tourists to a what appeared to be a below-par total.

Australia needed to make early inroads and Coulter-Nile removed Shikhar Dhawan, caught at point for a golden duck. However, Rohit Sharma and Kohli steadied the ship in a patient stand.

Rohit rode his luck and took a blow on the arm from Pat Cummins after the more fluent Kohli hooked the paceman for six, but Zampa dealt a big blow to India by trapping the captain leg before for 44.

Coulter-Nile (2-46) struck again to remove the scratchy Rohit (37) and India were 99-4 in the 24th over when Ambati Rayudu edged the impressive Zampa (2-49) behind.

Jadhav and Dhoni dug in on a tricky track, though, and the former captain slapped Coulter-Nile over his head for six to ease the tension, with Jadhav reaching his fifty off 67 balls and bringing up the hundred stand by casually guiding Cummins for four.

Dhoni needed treatment for what appeared to be cramp, yet he looked untroubled as he also passed 50 prior to striking Stoinis for back-to-back boundaries to secure victory with 10 balls to spare.

Usman Khawaja admits off-field problems were affecting his performances after he made an emphatic return to form on day three of Australia's second Test against Sri Lanka.

The top-order batsman made 101 not out in Australia's second innings total of 196-3 declared, with Sri Lanka still trailing by 499 runs at the close of play.

It was Khawaja's first three-figure score since a magnificent 141 against Pakistan last October, with a knee injury before the recent India series hampering his rhythm and he only went beyond fifty once in the four-match contest.

Away from the pitch, Khawaja's brother Arsalan was arrested and charged over allegations he framed a co-worker in a fake terrorism plot.

And Khawaja, who made a duck in the first innings in Canberra, opened up on his struggle.

"Being around, getting lots of starts during the summer was tough, I've had a tough summer, I've had a lot of stuff going on off the field, which has made things a lot tougher," he said.

"It's just been really nice to have my wife Rachel with me for the majority of the tours and she's been awesome, just to have her around and to go and travel with me, she's been my rock throughout the whole thing. 

"It's been tough, it's something you don't expect to happen. My family's very close to me and I'm very close to my family, so at some level I think it made it tougher to go out and concentrate and execute my skills.

"At the same time while I was playing cricket you sort of forget about everything because you're only concentrating on cricket.

"But it was very taxing, it has been very taxing mentally, and that's why Rachel has been great, being around and trying to take my mind off things. [I'm] Feeling a lot better now than I was probably a month or two ago, but it's been a tough couple of months off the field."

Sri Lanka, already trailing 1-0 in the two-Test series, need to bat out two days to salvage a result.

Their cause was not helped by Kusal Perera retiring hurt on 29 in their first-innings total of 215 – in which Mitchell Starc took 5-54 – after being struck on the helmet by a Jhye Richardson bouncer.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who himself had retired hurt after taking a short ball from Starc on the neck on day two, returned having received clearance from Sri Lanka medical staff.

Fast-bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake, who expects Kusal to bat in the fourth innings, said it was strange to see several incidents in one match, with Kusal having already been struck by Richardson and Dhananjaya de Silva taking a ball to the helmet from a Pat Cummins delivery.

"When it hits the head it's certainly a huge concern for us but this match was a lot on the head, wasn't it?" He said. 

"I mean I've seen bowlers hit batsmen on fast tracks also and certainly if there isn't much pace the ducking process becomes different and the inconsistencies of a pitch – I'm not saying this pitch is inconsistent at all – it's just sometimes you tend to duck for a ball that you shouldn't be ducking. 

"And that we saw in Kusal's thing, he ducked into a ball which was not as ferocious as the ball to Karunaratne."

Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja found form as Australia closed in on victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra on Sunday.

Starc (5-54) and Khawaja (101 not out) starred for the hosts, who enjoyed a dominant third day at Manuka Oval.

With the help of Starc, Australia bowled Sri Lanka out for 215 – earning a 319-run first-innings lead – before reaching 196-3 and declaring, setting the tourists 516 for victory.

Bad light saw play stopped as Sri Lanka's openers survived, getting to 17-0 and needing another 499 runs to win.

Sri Lanka resumed at 123-3 and Starc quickly ripped through the lower order to give Australia complete control of the Test.

It was short-pitched bowling that caused the tourists trouble early, with Kusal Perera (29) retiring hurt after being hit in the head by Jhye Richardson (0-49).

Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had been taken to hospital after being hit by a bouncer on Saturday.

A short delivery led to the departure of Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit his wicket after attempting to pull a ball from Starc on 25.

Dimuth Karunaratne (59) chased a wide one from Starc and was caught by Kurtis Patterson before Nathan Lyon (2-70) removed Chamika Karunaratne for a duck.

The tail fell quickly as Starc grabbed the final two wickets for his 10th Test five-for and first since March 2018.

There were again some top-order worries for Australia, who slumped to 37-3 as Marcus Harris (14), Joe Burns (9) and Marnus Labuschagne (4) departed.

But Khawaja played a fine innings after a slow start and was joined by Travis Head (59 not out) for an unbroken 159-run partnership.

Under some pressure and having dropped a simple catch earlier in the day, Khawaja delivered a much-needed century – his first since October and eighth in Tests.

Tim Paine waited for Khawaja to reach the milestone before declaring, setting Sri Lanka 516 for victory.

Australia were unable to find the breakthrough they wanted in six overs before play was ended early due to bad light with Dimuth Karunaratne (8) and Lahiru Thirimanne (8) unbeaten.

India marched towards a big victory over Australia before rain washed out play to offer the hosts some relief on day three of the fourth and final Test in Sydney.

Australia battled to 236-6 – in response to India's 622-7 declared – when the match was halted due to bad light and wet weather just before 4:30pm local time at the SCG on Saturday.

The third day was eventually abandoned shortly afterwards, with the beleaguered Australians still 386 runs behind as Peter Handscomb (28 not out) and Pat Cummins (25no) tried to put up a fight.

It was another day of dominance from India, who are seeking their first Test series victory in Australia having already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

With their backs against the wall, Australia – resuming on 24-0 – made an encouraging start to the morning but that glimmer of hope took a hit when the top order crumbled in a collapse of 24-3.

Usman Khawaja (27) was the first to go when he misjudged a Kuldeep Yadav (3-71) delivery and was caught by Cheteshwar Pujara.

Australia attempted to remain positive, digging deep against pace and spin as they reached 122-1 at lunch, with Marcus Harris a shining light courtesy of his 77.

Harris, however, was unable to build on his promising innings after a moment of indecision saw the opener chop on to his own stumps off Ravindra Jadeja (2-62) for 79.

India struck again through Jadeja, who claimed his second wicket when Shaun Marsh (8) pushed at the ball and was caught at slips, and Australia were quickly reduced to 152-4 as debutant Marnus Labuschagne (38) fell victim to Mohammed Shami (1-54).

Travis Head added 20 and looked set before chipping a full toss back to Yadav as he threw his wicket away in the penultimate over of the second session.

Captain Tim Paine's (5) stay at the crease was brief as Australia's hopes of avoiding the follow-on rested on under-pressure batsman Handscomb and Cummins.

Peter Siddle is back from the one-day international wilderness after Australia overhauled their squad for the upcoming ODI series against India.

Veteran paceman Siddle has not played an ODI since 2010 but the 34-year-old has been included in the 14-man team for the three-match series, starting in Sydney on January 12.

Batsman Usman Khawaja – who last played an ODI for Australia in January 2017 – has also been recalled, along with star spinner Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh and Peter Handscomb following Australia's revamp.

Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D'Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and Ashton Agar have been dumped following the 2-1 series loss to South Africa last year as Australia look ahead to the Cricket World Cup in England.

Captain Aaron Finch, Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa are the only survivors from that side after Nathan Coulter-Nile succumbed to a back problem, while selectors opted to rest Test trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.

"After a disappointing period in ODI cricket, the National Selection Panel along with team coaches have reviewed our performances across this format and we've identified a number of key areas that we feel we need to improve in order to help put this team in the best possible position to turn this period around," National selector Trevor Hohns said.

"With this in mind and the World Cup looming, we've selected players we feel provide us with the flexibility to play a variety of roles at different stages of a match."

Hohns continued: "It's wonderful to have Peter back in the squad for the first time since 2010. His white ball cricket has improved considerably the older he has got, and his selection is great reward for his professionalism and strong leadership qualities."

"Usman is a batsman we know can put vital runs on the board at the top of the order, and Peter [Handscomb] is not only a fine player of spin bowling, he's also a batsman we know can hold an innings together while keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Mitch gives us another all-round option with his ability with both bat and ball," he continued.

"Travis Head, D'Arcy Short and Chris Lynn have been unlucky to miss out. All three have had opportunities to cement their spots, but unfortunately, they have not been as productive as we would have liked in recent times when playing ODI cricket for Australia."

 

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitch Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.

Usman Khawaja's brother has lost his bail after he was arrested and charged for allegedly attempting to influence a witness in a counter-terrorism trial.

Arsalan Khawaja – the older brother of Australia batsman Usman –  was re-arrested in New South Wales on Thursday for breach of bail and influence witness in judicial proceedings.

The 39-year-old was originally charged with one count of attempting to pervert justice and one count of forgery – making a false document – on December 4 after allegedly trying to frame a colleague at the University of New South Wales with a fake terror plot.

"A man has been charged after allegedly attempting to influence a witness in a NSW Joint Counter Terrorism Team [JCTT] investigation," a statement from NSW Police – sent to Omnisport – read.

"Investigators from the JCTT – comprising officers from the Australian Federal Police, NSW Police, the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, and the NSW Crime Commission – arrested the 39-year-old man at a home at Westmead about 1.15pm on Thursday 27 December 2018.

"The man was taken to Parramatta Police Station and charged with breach of bail and influence witness in judicial proceedings. He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Friday 28 December 2018."

Usman Khawaja is in Melbourne, where Australia are facing defeat to India in the third Test at the MCG.

Usman Khawaja is unconcerned about his disappointing start to Australia's Test series against India.

After a stunning 141 to salvage a draw against Pakistan in Dubai was followed by knee surgery in October, Khawaja has scored just 41 runs across three innings versus India.

The batsman, who has only found the boundary once from 205 balls faced during the series, has been relied upon to shoulder a greater share of responsibility at the top of the order with David Warner and Steve Smith suspended.

Despite a difficult start against the top-ranked Test side, Khawaja is remaining upbeat about his chances of making an impact.

"Cricket is a funny game, it goes in circles," Khawaja told a post-match news conference.

"I've scored a lot of runs this year. A lot of runs in first-class cricket over in Glamorgan, then [for] 'Aussie A', and then in the UAE. 

"There's going to be a couple of innings here and there where I don't, and that's just part of the game. Nothing changes a lot. Credit to the bowlers when they bowl well to you. 

"If you're not scoring runs you don't have to reinvent the wheel. You just go out there next time and get some more runs.

"It could be a lot worse. I could get three first-ballers."

Australia were all out for 326 in the first session on Saturday and had India in trouble at 8-2 in reply, but unbeaten fifties from Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane got the tourists to stumps in a strong position at 172-3.

Khawaja hopes his team can make an early breakthrough on day three and put some pressure on what appears to be a long India tail.

"If we get a couple of wickets early [on Sunday] and break this partnership right now - it's not an easy wicket to start off on," said Khawaja.

"If we do that we'll have our chance at that tail, but we still have to be quite disciplined."

Cheteshwar Pujara claimed his first century on Australian soil to rescue India from a top-order collapse and leave honours even on day one of the opening Test.

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