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Usman Khawaja Usman Khawaja Height: 1.75 m DOB: December 18, 1986

Ricky Ponting's injury in 2011 had opened the doors for the first Muslim cricketer to represent Australia in the highest level. With a crafty and sound technique, Khawaja made it to the U-19 squad for the 2006 World Cup and since then, he has only impressed. Khawaja burst onto the scene when he received his maiden call up in 2011 in the Ashes against England. He has hit 14 centuries in Test cricket since then, making him a regular in the playing XI. However, 2013 was a dry spell for the batsman as he didn't conjure up runs in the Ashes, followed by a poor outing against New Zealand. He received an ODI call up the same year, but his poor form followed suit. However, he picked up the speed in his years with Queensland and the runs came pouring. Khawaja had an excellent season in the Big Bash League, striking a few tons and leading the Sydney Strikers to win the title that season. An interesting fact to be noted as well, besides being a professional cricketer, he is also a qualified pilot.

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Usman Khawaja backs Joe Burns to come good in Australia India Test series

Cricket | Nov 12, 2020, 03:44 PM IST

Australia batsman Khawaja has thrown his weight behind incumbent opener Joe Burns who will fight out with Will Pucovski for a place in Australia's starting XI for the upcoming India Australia series.

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Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja's brother jailed for using fake terror plot

Cricket | Nov 05, 2020, 03:46 PM IST

Khawaja pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice and dishonestly influencing a public official and admitted forging a document and inducing a witness to give false testimony.

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Angry Usman Khawaja finds focus after 'frank chat' with coach Justin Langer

Cricket | Sep 05, 2020, 03:43 PM IST

Khawaja was also not included in the team for the home Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand following his omission from the 2019 Ashes and it has been more than a year since he last played for the national team.

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Maxwell, Khawaja return as Cricket Australia announces squad for potential England tour

Cricket | Jul 16, 2020, 10:35 AM IST

Australia have announced a 26-man preliminary squad with eyes on the limited-overs tour to England.

Usman Khawaja was dropped due to inconsistency, his return will be difficult: Ricky Ponting

Usman Khawaja was dropped due to inconsistency, his return will be difficult: Ricky Ponting

Cricket | May 18, 2020, 11:35 AM IST

Khawaja was recently left out of the Australia's annual list of contracted players after he was dropped midway through last year's Ashes.

Absence of Indian crowds might favour Australia in Test series, believes Usman Khawaja

Absence of Indian crowd might favour Australia in Test series, believes Usman Khawaja

Cricket | May 09, 2020, 05:07 PM IST

Khawaja said that playing India behind closed doors at the end of the year might end up working in favour of the hosts.

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Feel for spinners in Australia: Usman Khawaja believes side will suffer due to lack of quality spin

Cricket | May 09, 2020, 12:20 PM IST

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has said that he fears for the side's future after Nathan Lyon with regards to spin bowling.

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I've still got good years left in me: Usman Khawaja reacts to central contract snub

Cricket | May 02, 2020, 08:50 PM IST

Usman Khawaja was omitted from Cricket Australia's list of central contracts for the 2020/21 season.

Usman Khawaja exclusion from central contracts hard to believe: Michael Clarke

Usman Khawaja exclusion from central contracts hard to believe: Michael Clarke

Cricket | May 01, 2020, 06:45 PM IST

Khawaja and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis were the two big names who were dropped from the central contracts list.

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Need to be more careful, do our part responsibly: Usman Khawaja urges people on COVID-19 outbreak

Cricket | Mar 21, 2020, 09:33 AM IST

Australian cricketer Usman Khawaja has urged the people to exercise caution amid the deadly outbreak of coronavirus.

Alex Hales hopeful of Usman Khawaja getting back in Australia ODI squad

Alex Hales hopeful of Usman Khawaja getting back in Australia ODI squad

Cricket | Jan 12, 2020, 11:04 AM IST

Despite being one of the leading run-scorers in the 50-over game for Australia in 2019, Khawaja was overlooked for the India tour.

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Khawaja named in Australia A squad for three-day game versus Pakistan

Cricket | Oct 29, 2019, 09:28 AM IST

Usman Khawaja made 122 runs at an average of 20.3 in the first three Tests of the Ashes series before being dropped for the fourth.

Ashes 2019

Ashes | Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc return for Manchester Test, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson dropped

Cricket | Sep 03, 2019, 11:01 AM IST

Marnus Labuschagne is expected to take Usman Khawaja Khawaja's No. 3 position in the batting order with Steve Smith to slot back into his customary No. 4.

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Ashes 2019 | Coach Langer locks in Khawaja, Pattinson in XI for opening Test

Cricket | Jul 30, 2019, 07:35 PM IST

Langer stated that Khawaja had passed his fitness test and is a sure start for the opening clash against their rivals in Edgbaston which begins August 1.

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Ashes 2019: Usman Khawaja declared fit to play 1st Test at Edgbaston from August 1

Cricket | Jul 30, 2019, 12:06 PM IST

While Usman Khawaja looks fully fit, there was another injury scare for Australia after David Warner was hit at the nets by paceman Michael Neser.

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Ashes 2019: Tim Paine sure of Usman Khawaja's availability for Edgbaston Test

Cricket | Jul 22, 2019, 01:08 PM IST

Khawaja had picked up a hamstring injury during Australia's clash against South Africa in the recently concluded World Cup and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament.

2019 World Cup

2019 World Cup: Australia call-up Wade and Mitch Marsh as cover for injured Khawaja, Stoinis

Cricket | Jul 07, 2019, 04:56 PM IST

Both Usman Khawaja and Marcus Stoinis are set to undergo scans on Sunday before the team management takes a call on whether they will stay on with the squad or not.

2019 World Cup

2019 World Cup: Aaron Finch all praise for Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey after win over New Zealand

Cricket | Jun 30, 2019, 09:33 AM IST

Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey put on a 107-run partnership for the sixth wicket to recover Australia's innings after a top-order failure against New Zealand.

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Australia's form is no fluke, want to keep winning habit going: Usman Khawaja

Cricket | May 28, 2019, 11:59 AM IST

In the run-up to the World Cup, Australia turned their fortunes around when they registered a come-from-behind 3-2 ODI series victory over India in India.

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2019 World Cup: Australia register easy five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in final warm-up game

Cricket | May 27, 2019, 10:48 PM IST

Usman Khawaja scored a brilliant 89 as Australia continue on their excellent run going into World Cup 2019, beating Sri Lanka by five wickets.

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