Usman Khawaja: Katich & Law had role in Lancashire decision

Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja made his Test debut for Australia against England in Sydney in 2011

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja says compatriots Simon Katich and Stuart Law played a major part in his his decision to sign for Lancashire.

Law captained Lancashire during the 2008 season, while Katich helped them to the Division Two title last summer.

"They had nothing but good things to say about the club, so it was a no-brainer," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

The 27-year-old left-hander, who has played nine Tests, made 86 in his debut innings against Durham on Monday.

Lancashire were in a strong position at 205-2, replying to Durham's 338 all out, but Khawaja's dismissal sparked a collapse as eight wickets fell for 61 runs.

A lack of batting depth has been a concern in 2014, with the team passing 300 on just three occasions since returning to Division One.

Following Katich's decision to retire, Lancashire began the season without an overseas player in Championship cricket before Khawaja's arrival earlier this month.

"It happened pretty quickly," added Khawaja, who has previous experience of the English county game with Derbyshire.

"I was pretty keen to come over and pretty keen to play in Division One too. Lancashire approached me and it happened over a couple of days."