Usman Khawaja

  • Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja out of final England warmup November 11, 2013

    Sydney: Australian Ashes hopefuls Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes were on Monday withdrawn from the Cricket Australia Invitational XI to play England in the tourists' final warmup match before the Test series starts next week. The pair were expected to take part in the fourday match in Sydney from Wednesday but...
  • Khawaja pushes Ashes claim with oneday ton October 27, 2013

    Brisbane: Batsman Usman Khawaja has pressed his claims for a place in Australia's team for the first Ashes cricket test against England with a century for Queensland in the final of the domestic oneday cup. Khawaja's dominant 104 came from 100 balls in Queensland's fivewicket win over New South Wales. He...
  • Usman Khawaja in row over beer logo on uniform October 22, 2013

    Sydney: Australian batsman Usman Khawaja may follow fellow Muslim Fawad Ahmed and refuse to wear a uniform with a beer brand logo, but admits that cementing his Test place comes first. Khawaja, the first Muslim to wear the baggy green, told The Sydney Morning Herald he had considered whether it was...
  • James Faulkner set to make Australia debut in fifth Test August 21, 2013

    Australia allrounder James Faulkner is in line to make his Test debut after replacing Usman Khawaja for the fifth and final Ashes Test, starting at The Oval on Wednesday. Australia have also recalled fast bowler Mitchell Starc in place of Jackson Bird, captain Michael Clarke told a news conference on Tuesday....
  • Usman Khawaja's Cricket Australia contract upgraded August 19, 2013

    Sydney: Batsman Usman Khawaja, who faces a battle to keep his place in the Australia team for this week's final Ashes Test, has had his central playing contract upgraded, Cricket Australia said on Monday. CA said Khawaja was upgraded for the 2013/14 season list after having played three or more...
  • Khawaja fails again as Australia draw with Lions August 18, 2013

    London: Underpressure Australia batsman Usman Khawaja suffered another low score as the tourists warmedup for next week's final Ashes Test with a draw against the secondstring England Lions on Saturday. Australia's lack of toporder runs has been a key reason in their falling 30 behind against England in the fivematch Ashes...
  • Australia demand answers from ICC over DRS August 2, 2013

    Manchester: Cricket's decision review system was further dragged through the mire on Thursday after another controversial decision in the third Ashes Test with the irate Australian board and even Prime Minister Kevin Rudd weighing in. Usman Khawaja was adjudged by umpire Tony Hill to have edged spinner Graeme Swann to wicketkeeper...
  • The Ashes: Harris, Khawaja in Australia's XI for 2nd Test July 18, 2013

    London: Australia have dropped Mitchell Starc and Ed Cowan from the second Ashes Test beginning at Lord's on Thursday and replaced them with fast bowler Ryan Harris and middle order batsman Usman Khawaja. Harris, who has been troubled by injury throughout his career, will return to play a Test after more...
  • Australia ease to a sixwicket win over Somerset June 29, 2013

    London: Australia's first match under new coach Darren Lehmann saw the tourists ease to a sixwicket win over Somerset on the final day at Taunton on Saturday. Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes and vicecaptain Brad Haddin all hit fifties as Australia, who on Monday replaced sacked former coach Mickey Arthur with ex...
  • Mickey Arthur defends decision to drop players March 22, 2013

    Australia coach Mickey Arthur has again defended his decision to drop four players for the third test against India for disciplinary reasons. Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja were suspended for failing to respond to a request from management to suggest ways to improve the Australia team. "If...
  • Australia right to ban players, says Shane Bond March 12, 2013

    Former New Zealand paceman Shane Bond has come out in support of the Australian team management's decision to axe four players from the next Test of the ongoing tour of India, saying it will reap long-term rewards for the side. Team's vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja...
  • Australian media backs axing of 'infamous four' March 12, 2013

    Melbourne: The Australian media on Monday backed the team management's decision to suspend four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, ahead of the third Test against India, saying the "infamous four deserve no sympathy for their feckless disregard for the team ethos and culture". The majority of the Australian cricketing fraternity may...
  • Gilchrist advises Aussie players to take their minds off cricket March 12, 2013

    Melbourne: The Australian players might have been better served by chilling out a bit during the eight-day break before the third Test against India, feels former great Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist was at the helm when Australia triumphed in the Indian sub-continent in 2004, the first time in 40 years, and...
  • 'Off-field stuff' also led to players' sacking, says Michael Clarke March 12, 2013

    Mohali: Australian captain Michael Clarke Monday defended the team management's decision to suspend four players including vice-captain Shane Watson for the third Test stating that it's "not just about one incident" but also about "off-field stuff" which has been unacceptable. "I want the public and the media to understand. Don't get...
  • Australian cricket in deep crisis after axing of four players March 12, 2013

    CNN-IBN's cricket expert Harsha Bhogle discusses the crisis in Australian cricket following the sacking of four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, for a breach of team discipline. ...
  • Axing players can't happen without CA backing: Chappell March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Former skipper Ian Chappell on Monday indicated that the expulsion of four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, ahead of the third Test against India wouldn't have been possible without the "assistance and blessings" of Cricket Australia. In an unprecedented move, Australia axed Watson and three other key players -...
  • Twitterview: Australian cricketers react to the four players being axed March 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Several former and Australian cricket players took to Twitter on Monday in reaction to news that four current members of the touring Australia part had been removed from the squad for this week's third Test. Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were axed from the...
  • 3rd Test: Australia axe Watson, Pattinson, Johnson, Khawaja March 11, 2013

    Mohali: Australia's preparations for the third Test at Mohali starting Thursday have been thrown into disarray with news that four leading players have been omitted from the team owing to disciplinary reasons. Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja have been dropped from the squad for the Mohali...
  • Verbal volleys begin as IndiaAustralia series nears February 19, 2013

    Can it happen that Australian don't fire verbal volleys before the start of any major series? After Michael Clarke's recent quotes saying, "It's not about what you say, it's about what you do", it was expected that the upcoming series between India and Australia will not be devoid of the...
  • New look Australian team aim for another big win January 12, 2013

    As the inexperienced Australian team, with three debutants, and George Bailey at the helm of the affairs in ODIs for the first time pummeled the nearly full strength Sri Lanka side by 107 runs at the MCG on Saturday, not many were surprised. And if they repeat the feat at...
  • Bird, Khawaja named in Aus squad for second Test December 18, 2012

    Melbourne: Cricket Australia's (CA) national selection panel (NSP) on Tuesday named a 13player squad for the second Test against Sri Lanka starting on Boxing Day here at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Jackson Bird replaced Ben Hilfenhaus as the latter is out due to injury while lefthand batsman Usman Khawaja has...
  • Australia begin search for new No.3 after Ponting bow December 4, 2012

    Perth: Australian coach Mickey Arthur says Ricky Ponting's retirement opens the door for Shane Watson to drop further down the batting order, but would not be drawn on the contenders to replace him. Watson returned from a calf injury in the third Test against South Africa, making 10 and 25...
  • Khawaja gets chance to audition for Ponting's spot November 30, 2012

    Usman Khawaja will have an opportunity to audition for Ricky Ponting's spot in the test team after the lefthander was named captain of the Australia Chairman's XI to take on Sri Lanka in Canberra next week. Former captain Ponting on Thursday said he would be calling time on his glittering...
  • Khawaja, Hauritz join NSW exodus June 29, 2012

    Sydney: Australian state side New South Wales lost two more top players to a rival on Friday, with former Test players Usman Khawaja and Nathan Hauritz joining reigning Sheffield Shield champions Queensland. Queensland said they had signed the players on two-year deals a day after it was announced that former Test...
  • Warne terms Khawaja's axe a bit harsh December 23, 2011

    Melbourne: Australian spin legend Shane Warne said the axing of Usman Khawaja was harsh and a similar fate beckons Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting if the Aussies lose the eagerly-awaited Test series against India. "When you are losing and the senior players are not performing, that is when it gets difficult...
  • Cowan awaits Marsh fitness for India Test December 21, 2011

    Sydney: In-form newcomer Ed Cowan said on Wednesday he will be fully prepared if Shaun Marsh fails to make Australia's first Test against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next week. Cowan was one of three additions to a 13-man Australian squad announced on Wednesday for the Boxing Day blockbuster with...
  • Arthur backs Khawaja to come good in Tests December 17, 2011

    Melbourne: Australia coach Mickey Arthur feels young batsman Usman Khawaja has the technique and ability to succeed in Test cricket. Khawaja has been seen as a potential replacement for former Australian captain Ricky Ponting in the No.3 slot. But the 25-year-old Khawaja has failed to impress the selectors, managing just one...
  • 1st Test: Ponting restores Aus advantage December 2, 2011

    Brisbane: Ricky Ponting guided Australia to 154-3 after Daniel Vettori's disciplined innings lifted New Zealand to 295 on Friday as two ex-captains led by example on Day Two of the first test. Ponting was unbeaten on 67 and Michael Clarke, who replaced him as Australia skipper after the World Cup, was...
  • 2nd Test: Ponting takes Aus chase to final day November 21, 2011

    Johannesburg: Ricky Ponting hit an unbeaten 54 to steer Australia to 142-3 at stumps on Day Four of the second and final Test against South Africa on Sunday, leaving a captivating series in the balance ahead of the final day at Wanderers. Ponting collected his first score of the series in...
  • 2nd Test: Aus seek to save series in SA November 16, 2011

    Johannesburg: Pakistan-born batsman Usman Khawaja is set to be called into Australia's team for the second Test against South Africa, with the tourists hoping to recover from a shattering defeat in the two-match series opener and save a proud recent record here. Australia haven't lost a Test series in South Africa...