On the back of five centuries at Test and BBL level over the past three months, Khawaja’s 70 from 40 balls earned him player-of-the-final honours in Thunder’s win against Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
With a Twenty20 World Cup looming, it’s hard to imagine a player doing more to put their name in front of national selectors, but Khawaja – left out of the current Australian limited-overs and T20 squads – is happy to let his bat do the talking.
“I guess – I mean I’m playing as well as I ever have in T20 cricket,” Khawaja replied when asked if he felt he’d put a strong case forward for a white-ball call-up.
“(But) there’s a lot that goes into selection and I’m not really worried (about that) – I’m so excited that we’ve won a championship.
“I’ve got to keep my head down and make sure that I stay fit and healthy and hopefully there’s a lot more runs to come.
“I’ve put in a lot of time with my cricket over the past few years. I think I’ve played some pretty decent cricket in that time and when it’s your time, it’s your time.
“Things are going really well but I don’t play for individual success – nothing feels as good as winning a championship.”
In just four appearances for Thunder in BBL05, Khawaja made two unbeaten centuries and two fifties.
But he admitted he was unsure of his future with the team after three last-placed finishes in a row.
“I thought eventually it would be our time but there had to be a lot of work done,” he said.
“After the first couple of years it was tough times and I did actually think about whether I wanted to stay with the franchise or go.
“But when (Mike Hussey) came along I really thought we could bring this franchise up.
“I’m glad I stayed on.”
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