There has not so much been a debate as a bellowing demand this week around the omission from Australian teams of the form batsmen on the planet.
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While the rest of the solar system's planets have been aligning in our morning skies in a rare celestial phenomenon, the run-making form of Usman Khawaja has similarly been aligned and astronomical. When Usman was not required for national 50-over duties his Big Bash team certainly appreciated his omnipotence coming in at the start of the innings. One of the greatest players of all time, Jacques Kallis, was forced into a support role at the other end, such was his domination of the new white ball.
While Khawaja was belatedly thrown into the national side on Saturday, his previous omission raises a lot of questions about selection.
Khawaja's domination of the crease is reminiscent of IVA Richards at his muscle-flexing, willow-brandishing best. On his day Viv would flail deliveries directed wide of off stump to anywhere between backward point and deep mid wicket. The scoop or ramp had yet to be invented and I doubt if Viv would have bothered with that fancy stuff; deflections weren't his preferred modus operandi, he just hit the ball very bloody hard in enough directions.
There was no safe place to bowl to Richards, just as there is no legitimate combination of line and length that can contain Khawaja in his current mood. The BBL champions Sydney Thunder owe much, if not almost everything, to the lefty's domination of the finals.
Compared to the Chris Gayle methods, which are principally brute force delivered with a tree trunk and an uncomplicated technique of stand and deliver, Khawaja is dissecting attacks with chilling – for bowlers and opposing captains – precision and ruthlessness.
He uses old-school batting tenets of timing and placement combined with the contemporary bat weaponry, and what looks like effortless power when the boundary needed to be cleared.
T20 batsmen rarely evoke the adjective of "majestic", such is the shortest form's emphasis on unorthodoxy, raw power and maximum velocity bat swings. Getting your feet to the pitch of the ball may appear graceful but it is discouraged as it often produces shots played with low risk and along the ground, whereas getting the feet out of the way to allow a full and uninhibited bat swing reminiscent of extinct tailenders is coached and effective, but hardly a pretty sight.
So why was Khawaja initially left out of the starting 11s for this three-game T20 series and the one-day matches on the tour of New Zealand? According to the chairman of selectors, "it's a tough school ".
The currency for batsmen is pure and simple: runs. Khawaja has a vault full. Australian players used to laugh at the English selectors who would regularly ignore batsmen when they were churning out runs, and then pick them when their form had waned.
The T20 series has now been lost mainly on the back of faltering batting. The collapses through the middle overs in successive run chases have been terminal against Indian spin bowlers who are millionaires through clever slow bowling in 20-over games.
The World Twenty20 will be played on pitches with considerably more turn that in Adelaide or Melbourne, so Australia need batsmen who can handle those conditions.
They will also need to pack the squad with spinners as there is the likelihood that 12 or more overs of the 20 could be bowled by the slow men, which once again begs questions about the composition of the teams that have been beaten by India.
Australia have never won the World Twenty20 and unless they review their starting team they won't be winning the coming edition in March either.