Usman Khawaja is an Australian cricketer. He was born as Usman Tariq Khawaja on December 18, 1986, in Islamabad Capital City of Pakistan.
Cricket Career in Pakistan
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Khawaja is a Pakistani-born International Australian cricketer. He played all format of international cricket. Ozzie and Smooth are nicknames of Usman Khawaja.
Khawaja is the 7th foreign-born Australian cricketer in 80 years of cricket history. He became the first Muslim cricketer to represent Australia when he made his debut in the 2010–11 Ashes series.
Khawaja has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation from the University of South Wales. He is a qualified commercial and instrument-rated pilot.
Test Cricket Career
He made his test debut on January 3, 2011 v England and cap 419. UT Khawaja got a lucky chance and became part of the 17-man Australian squad for Ashes series 2010-11 after Ricky Ponting (former Australian captain) fractured his finger in a 3rd test match.
Khawaja has played his first test against his country of birth Pakistan against on December 15, 2016.
Notable Performances & Records
First Class Cricket Career
Usman Khawaja is a top-ordered left-hand batsman and usually, he opens innings in all formats. Khawaja has played all formats of international cricket. Khawaja has stunning batting averages all formats of cricket. He played Test, ODI, and T20.
He was award as Player of the Year of Australian Under-19 Championship in 2005 and represented Australia as an opening batsman in Sri Lanka for U-19 Cricket World Cup-2006.
Khawaja impressed with his consistent performances when he hit consecutive double centuries for New South Wales XI, as a feat which has never been achieved by any NSW player in his very first year of first-class cricket 2008.
Khawaja scored his maiden Test century on November 5, 2015, against New Zealand in the first Test, he scored 174 runs with 16 fours and 2 sixes.
Return to Test Cricket
He put impressive start to Test cricket since his return he scored 4 centuries in 6 matches. Khawaja is the first person in Test cricket history for scoring Test Century in Day-Night.
Khawaja hit consecutive double centuries for New South Wales during his first-class cricket debut year.
He is the first man to score the first Day Night Test century in the history of cricket.
Usman Khawaja T20 and Franchise Cricket Career
- Khawaja made his debut for KFC Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder in BBL season 2011 he became the second highest run scorer 345 runs at an average of 172.50.
- Khawaja plays club cricket for Valley District Cricket Club in Brisbane. He joined Glamorgan County Cricket Club to play in Vitality Blast-2018 tournament during English County Champion.
- Khawaja made his debut for Derbyshire in County Championship during 2011 in the English domestic season.
- He joined Lancashire during English County Championship season 2014 as an overseas player and he scored 86 runs against Durham.
Usman Khawaja International & First Class Career Stats
|Match Format||Test||ODI||T20||First Class|
|ICC Batting Rankings||12||–||–||–|
|ICC Bowling Rankings||–||–||–||–|
Khawaja Profile and Major Teams
|Full Name||Usman Tariq Khawaja|
|Date of Birth||18 December 1986, Islamabad, Pakistan|
|Current Age||32 Years|
|Height||177 cm (5 ft 10)|
|Playing Roll||Top order batsman|
|Bowling Style||Right-arm off break|
|Test Debut||3 January 2011 v England (Cap-419)|
|ODI Debut||11 January 2013 v Sri Lanka (Cap-199)|
|T20 Debut||31 January 2016 v India (Cap-80)|
|Last Test||1 February 2019 v Sri Lanka|
|Last ODI||18 January 2019 v India|
|Last T20||9 September 2016 v Sri Lanka|
|Major Teams||Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, Australian Institute of Sports, Derbyshire, Lancashire, New South Wales, Queensland, R, Sydney Thunder, Valley District Cricket Club and Rising Pune Supergiants|