Khawaja, who averages 63.73 in Australia and 14.62 in Asia, has been the chief example of that new approach, which was forecast in August 2016 by Pat Howard, Cricket Australia’s Executive General Manager of High Performance, following a 0-3 Test series humbling in Sri Lanka.
“(It is) very hard to develop your game and play some consist cricket if you’re not getting consistent opportunities overseas, which I haven’t been getting,” Khawaja told ABC Grandstand.
“(The selectors) never used to (change the team based on the country they were playing in) before, I’m not really sure why they do it now. It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone.”
Khawaja played two Tests in the three-Test series in Sri Lanka, was dropped for the India Test series in February-March after passing fifty in all six home Tests, then returned to the team in Bangladesh, only to be dropped for the second Test after twin failures in the series opener.
“I know as captain of Queensland I try and avoid that as much as possible; players I pick in the first game, I try to stick with them as long as possible, because they’ll always be the best players on the park.”