Usman Khawaja replaces David Warner for second and third ODIs against India

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Usman Khawaja has been named as a replacement for David Warner in the Australian squad for the second and third ODIs against India.

Warner will be on paternity leave for the two matches as he and his wife Candice are expecting their second child.

The 29-year-old told the press his baby was due towards the end of January after the Sydney test against the West Indies: "I'm just looking forward to playing the first couple of one-dayers first and obviously I'll be by the phone to wait for that phone call."


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Now that he has got the long-awaited phone call, Khawaja is set to take his place.

The Sydney Thunder opener has been in terrific form over the last few months in T20s and Test matches. He has scored four hundreds in his last seven innings in both Tests and the Big Bash League.

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A hamstring injury forced him out of the inaugural Day-Night test against New Zealand in Adelaide but any doubts regarding his recovery were put to rest when he scored a century in the BBL. This was followed by a stunning performance of 144 and 56 against West Indies in the Melbourne Test.

"Usman has been in fantastic form this season and was unlucky to miss out on a place in our squad for the ODI Series in the first place," national selector Rod Marsh said.

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"This call-up is a reward for that form and it is great to have someone of his quality to step into the squad in David's absence. We wish both David and Candice well and look forward to welcoming David back into the squad when circumstances allow."

Usman Khawaja will join the rest of the Australian squad in Brisbane after the hosts won the first ODI by five wickets.

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