Usman Khawaja Biography
Usman Khawaja was born in Islamabad, but has played his entire cricket Down Under. The southpaw featured in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup for Australia and subsequently turned up for New South Wales. That season he became the first NSW player to slam double-hundreds in two consecutive innings for NSW Second XI.
He made history in early 2011 when he donned the Baggy Green during the fifth Ashes Test at Sydney, in place of the injured Ricky Ponting, no less, becoming the first Muslim to play Tests for Australia. He earned a contract from Derbyshire that summer. Khawaja has since then been in and out of the side and has also played a handful of ODIs.
In March 2013 Khawaja was suspended along with Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, and James Pattinson for the infamous Homeworkgate Incident. Since then his appearances at the highest level have been sporadic.
Before he played Tests, he had also become a qualified pilot who had obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation from University of New South Wales.
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