The curtain could fall on the career of Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja at any moment.
In the days after Australia’s historic World Cup victory over India, Khawaja hinted his time at the crease may end at the drop of a hat.
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Appearing on Nova 106.9’s with Ash, Luttsy and Susie O’Neill, Khawaja was probed by the swimming icon about his future plans.
“You’re 36, I retired from swimming when I was 27,” she said before asking if he was intent on going until he was 50.
Khawaja didn’t hesitate with his response.
“It’s a choice at the end of the day. I could have retired five years ago, I could retire now,” he said.
Despite the hint his time could end at any second, Khawaja went on to admit he had no plans in place to walk away from the game.
“There are some things that are out of your control, like how the body’s going,” Khawaja explained.
“It’s also how the mind is. Are you able to go to competitive training every day? The hard yards that you did 10 years ago, are you still doing that?”
“I’m still really enjoying the games, I don’t really have a finishing line.
“It’s not about what age I’m at, it’s more about the factors, if one of them drops off, then I’ll think maybe it’s time. It just hasn’t dropped off yet.”
Khawaja, 36, plays only Test cricket with five matches, three against Pakistan and two against the West Indies, scheduled for the home summer.
Following that the Australians are schedule to play two Tests in New Zealand in February, and then not more Test matches until a five-match series against India in November.
The opening Test against Pakistan gets underway on December 14 from Perth Stadium.
All eyes however remain on the Australian team following their record-extending sixth World Cup title.
A T20 series against India starting on Friday won’t have the same fire power with half the squad returning back to Australia.
Mitch Marsh, Alex Carey and Cameron Green landed in Melbourne along with coach Andrew McDonald on Wednesday morning, while captain Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood landed in Sydney and Marnus Labuschagne in Brisbane.
Marsh said it would be a “miracle” if Travis Head, man of the match in the final and the party, turned out in the opening game.
He said he was unsure when the group would be able to come together in Australia to celebrate the triumph, but he said the festivities were still going in the Australian camp a day out from the opening T20 game.
“They’re still going in India, so I’m looking forward to seeing what pans out over the next few days,” he said.
“(Travis Head) is definitely in the votes … I’m not sure he’ll be playing that game (on Thursday).
“I’m no selector or coach, but if he plays that game it will be a miracle.”