Usman Khawaja Biography
Usman Khawaja is an Australian cricket born on the 18th of December, 1986. He is a left handed batsman and usually bats at the top of the batting line ups of Australia and Queensland. He became the first Muslim to play for the Australian National Men’s Cricket Team. He set a record for becoming the first ever batman to score Test century in an innings of a Day-Night Test match at home soil and still has the record for the second highest individual score in a Day-Night Test innings.
Khwaja made his first-class debut for the New South Wales Blues in 2008. He came into the limelight by hitting consecutive double centuries for the NSW Second XI—a feat never before achieved by a NSW player. He also represented Australia at the U-19 World Cup in 2006 as an opening batsman.
On 22 June 2010 it was announced by Cricket Australia that Usman Khawaja would be a part of the Australian touring squad to play Pakistan in a two Test series in England. However he was not selected to play in any of the two matches. Khawaja was selected as part of the 17-man Australian squad for the 2010–11 Ashes series. He got a chance to start after the injury of Ricky Ponting. His debut was modes, as he scored 37 and 21 in his first and second innings respectively.
Rise to Glory
Usman Khawaja had a modest start to his international career. he scored his maiden Test century, years after his debut, in the first Test played against New Zealand on 5 November 2015, in which he scored 174 with 16 fours and 2 sixes and led Australia to an emphatic victory. Since then, however, he has been in electrifying form, scoring four centuries in six matches. During this time, he demonstrated excellent form in domestic cricket too. This led to him gaining exposure in limited overs international cricket too.
Khawaja’s career started off very slowly, as he delivered nothing more than mediocre performances in his first few years in international cricket. Inconsistency plagued his career at its very inception. In 2013, during a series against India Khwaja was suspended by the team on grounds of indiscipline along with fellow cricketers, Shane Watson, James Pattinson and Mitchell Watson.
He started his career by playing for the New South Wales Blues. Since 2011, Khawaja has played for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. In BBL05, he was the second highest run scorer (345 runs) and averaged 172.50 runs per match. Khawaja signed a contract to play for county cricket side Derbyshire in the 2011 English domestic season, where he delivered a moderately good performance. He later transferred to Lancashire. In August 2015, Khawaja was appointed as captain of the Queensland cricket team. He also plays for the Valley District Cricket Club in Brisbane too.