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Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja
Personal information
Full name Usman Tariq Khawaja
Born 18 December 1986 (1986-12-18) (age 31)
Islamabad, Pakistan
Nickname Uzzy, Usie
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Left hand bat
Bowling style Right arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side Australia
Test debut (cap 419) 3 January 2011 v England
Last Test 9 December 2011 v New Zealand
Domestic team information
Years Team
2007 - New South Wales (squad no. 18)
2011–present Derbyshire (squad no. 8)
Career statistics
Competition Test F/C LA T20
Matches 6 42 15 7
Runs scored 263 2,935 548 119
Batting average 29.22 45.15 39.14 19.83
100s/50s 0/1 9/11 2/2 0/1
Top score 65 214 121 65
Balls bowled - 72 - -
Wickets - 1 - -
Bowling average - 47.00 - -
5 wickets in innings - - - -
10 wickets in match - - - -
Best bowling - 1/21 - -
Catches/stumpings 3/- 24/- 5/- 1/-
Source: Cricinfo, 12 December 2011

Usman Khawaja (عثمان خواجہہ; born 18 December 1986 in Islamabad, Pakistan) is an Australian cricketer. He was awarded player of the Australian Under 19 Championship in 2005 and also played for Australia in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka as an opening batsman. His club side is Randwick-Petersham.

A left-hand top order batsman, Khawaja made his first class debut for the New South Wales Blues in 2008.[1] In the same year, he hit consecutive double centuries for the NSW Second XI—a feat never before achieved by a NSW player.[2] 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.

Khawaja was selected as part of the 17-man Australian squad for the 2010–11 Ashes series. During the third test, Ricky Ponting fractured his finger and Khawaja was named as a stand-by if Ponting couldn't recover in time. He was subsequently selected in the Australian cricket team to play England in the fifth Test against England in Sydney on 3 January 2011.[3][4] On 3 January 2011, Khawaja became the 419th Australian to be presented with an Australian Cricket Test baggy green cap. Khawaja became the first Muslim and first Pakistani-born Australian player to play test cricket for Australia,[5][6] and only the seventh foreign-born cricketer to do so in the last 80 years.[7] He signed a contract to play for county side Derbyshire in the 2011 English domestic season.[8]

Other than being a cricket player, Khawaja is a qualified pilot, completing a Bachelors degree in Aviation from the University of New South Wales before he made his test debut. He got his pilot licence before his driving licence.[9] Usman is an ex-student of Westfields Sports High School.

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