Australia's batsman Usman Khawaja walks off after being dismissed by England on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match at the MCG in Melbourne on December 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--
Australia's batsman Usman Khawaja walks off after being dismissed by England on the fourth day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match at the MCG in Melbourne on December 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / WILLIAM WEST / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE--

Khawaja goes in to bat ... for himself

USMAN Khawaja is the first to admit that his Ashes series has not gone to plan.

But he doesn't believe he is out of form.

The 31-year-old has scored two half-centuries in the series but said he has been disappointed overall by his performance.

"It (the summer has been) definitely less than what I hoped for," he said.

"So it's probably disappointing in that respect, but I still feel good.

"I feel like I've contributed to the first three wins in some respect, so for me it's just about going out there to do as well as I can to hopefully set up games."

Ian Healy labelled him "lazy" this week and criticised the No.3's body language, while spin great Shane Warne said he was "lacking some serious presence.

" At times there he's made some wonderful hundreds, but the downside to him is I think he lacks a bit of intensity, lacks a bit of energy, and he's not busy enough," Warne said on Channel 9.

"We know he's got the talent, it's more his body language and his intensity when he comes to the crease. Have a presence, he's lacking that at the moment.

"Maybe it's just his form his down, but for me he's lacking some serious presence as a No.3.

"We know he's a good player but this is not good enough. He needs to be better than that.

"He can't just stand there, block the ball and not have anything else happening. For me he's got to be a bit more busy."

But Khawaja firmly dismissed the suggestion he is out of form.

"It's a bit bizarre to me," he told ABC Grandstand.

"It's Test match cricket - sometimes you're not going to score at a free-flowing rate. It doesn't mean my intent wasn't there.

"I did find it a bit interesting though, day one on a slow wicket, that I was getting criticised but that's Test cricket."



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