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Lancashire sign Usman Khawaja

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Glen Chapple has boosted the Lancashire ranks even further with the acquisition of Australian batsman, Usman Khawaja.

As reported by the BBC, the left-hander, who previously played for Derbyshire, will perform the role of the club’s overseas player for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Once he arrives in the north-west of England, the 27-year-old can perform in all forms of the game - unlike fellow new signing, Andrew Flintoff.

The former Ashes winner is only going to be available for T20 matches, but the Australian import will make contributions in 50-over and four-day cricket as well.

Coming to the County Championship, he can once again expose himself against some top quality bowlers, as well as facing the challenge of adapting to a variety of different playing conditions.

He spent the 2011 and 2012 campaigns with Derbyshire, and now makes his return to the English domestic game.

On his first spell in England, the occasional opener averaged just below 40 with the bat over a two-month stay at the County Ground. Yet that visit to England was cut short when he was called up by Australia A to participate on a tour of Zimbabwe.

Khawaja has represented the Aussies in nine Test matches - the last of which came against England at Durham during the 2013 Ashes series.

After the culmination of the Australian domestic season, Khawaja will trade Queensland for Lancashire for the upcoming months.

There had been a lot of hype about the Pakistani-born batsman when he first came onto the international scene. However, a slump in form has seen Khawaja fall out of favour with the Australian selectors.

Australia have recently returned to the summit of the world Test rankings, but without the input of Khawaja.

Michael Clarke’s side have been on an upward curve since their Ashes defeat in England last summer, but there is a lot of competition for places, especially amongst top-order batsman.
Finding form at Old Trafford will give the left-hander a strong chance of earning a Test recall.

And Lancashire are in dire need of some substance in their batting line-up. Since gaining promotion to Division One of the County Championship, Chapple’s side have only managed to surpass 300 on two occasions in first-class cricket.

The Old Trafford club are currently second bottom in the division, and have only won one four-day game so far this summer.

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