Australia’s first Muslim test cricketer, here’s Usman Khawaja’s journey

Usman Tariq Khawaja a Pakistani-born Australian cricketer who currently represents Australia. He made his first-class cricket debut for New South Wales in 2008 and played his first international match for Australia in January 2011. He has also played Twenty20 cricket in the Indian Premier League for the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise.

He is a left-handed top-order batsman, 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 as an opening batsman.

He 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 could not recover in time. He was subsequently selected in the Australian cricket team to play in the fifth Test against England in Sydney on 3 January 2011.

On 3 January 2011, he became the 419th Australian to be presented with an Australian Cricket Test baggy green cap. He became the first Muslim and first Pakistani-born Australian player to play Test cricket for Australia, and only the seventh foreign-born cricketer to do so in the last 80 years.

Watch his story by the 60 Minutes Australia,

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