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Dec 17, 2011 at 09:37pm IST

Arthur backs Khawaja to come good

Melbourne: Australia coach Mickey Arthur feels young batsman Usman Khawaja has the technique and ability to succeed in Test cricket.

Khawaja has been seen as a potential replacement for former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the No.3 slot. But the 25-year-old Khawaja has failed to impress the selectors, managing just one half-century in his first 11 Test innings.

The classy Blues batsman is set to be retained for the Boxing Day Test against India, but is feeling the heat from Shaun Marsh. Since his Test debut against England in January, Khawaja has managed 263 runs from six Tests with one fifty.

Arthur backs Khawaja to come good in Tests

Khawaja has been seen as a potential replacement for former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the No.3 slot.

Arthur has been impressed by Khawaja's attitude though, and believes he will be a Test match force after few adjustments to his game.

"Test cricket is pressure, wherever you play you will always be under pressure. I think he's a really good young player, he has a solid technique, defends really well," Arthur was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

"There's one or two things we need to work on, but he has the potential to develop into something really good."

Khawaja admitted that Test cricket has been challenging, but he remains determined to succeed.

"I do enjoy batting at No.3. It's probably a long-term goal for me. I haven't put up a big total yet and Test cricket is obviously a massive step-up. But I am happy where I am right now. I can't control anything else, selectors and everything else is not in my hands, so I'm not even going to bother with it," he said.

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