Australia batsman Usman Khawaja. @ Getty Images
Australia batsman Usman Khawaja. @ Getty Images

Australia batsman Usman Khawaja, whose brother Arsalan Khawaja was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly framing another man over a fake terror plot, has asked he his privacy to be respected. Khawaja, who smashed a scintillating 141 in the first Test against Pakistan in October this year that ended in an epic draw, has been zeroed in for the No. 3 spot in Australia’s Test line-up that will face India in the marquee four-Test series that gets underway on Thursday at Adelaide.

“It’s a matter for the police to deal with,” Khawaja was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Tuesday.

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“Out of respect for the process, it would be inappropriate for me to make any further comments. I just ask you to please respect my privacy, and my family’s privacy during this time. Thank you.”

Meanwhile, Khawaja, who had opened in the Test series against Pakistan, said that he wouldn’t think twice if asked to open the innings against India.

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“The only thing it affects is how fast I have to run off the field,” Khawaja told Melbourne radio’s RSN when asked if he preferred opening to batting further down the order.

“You only get 10 minutes as an opener, which is a pain in the a***. I love batting number three because you often get a little rest, little breather, put your pads on nice and easy, watch the openers scurry off. But it doesn’t make a difference whatsoever.”