Khawaja's spell cut short

Call-up ends Australian batsman's stay

By Tony Curtis - Twitter: @SkySportsTC.   Last Updated: 24/05/11 7:25am

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Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has been forced to cut short his spell at Derbyshire.

The 24-year-old was expected to spend the majority of the 2011 season at the club, however Khawaja has now been called up for the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe.

The left-hander, who made his debut for the Aussies in the fifth Test against England in Sydney, will now make his final appearance for Derbyshire in the LV= County Championship game against Kent.

Khawaja said: "I have enjoyed my time with Derbyshire immensely and wish the team luck and success for the remainder of the season.

"It is a shame that I won't be able to complete my scheduled spell in the UK but naturally I am looking forward to the A Tour and the opportunity of furthering my claims for international honours."

Derbyshire captain Luke Sutton said: "Usman has been a very popular member of the team during his short spell with the club. We are delighted that he gets this opportunity to further his claims for a place in the full Australia team."

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