Usman Khawaja

Australia
Age
December 18, 1986 (35 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Islamabad, Pakistan
Batting Style
Left Handed
Nationality
Australia
Bowling Style
Right-arm medium

Usman Khawaja is a 34-year-old left-handed Australian batsman of Pakistani descent who has opened the innings for Australia across formats. He began his first-class career representing New South Wales in 2008. He made his international debut for Australia in January 2011. Khawaja has also played in the English county championship for Lancashire, Glamorgan and Derbyshire. He has also played in the Indian Premier League, representing Rising Pune Supergiants, a franchise that has since become defunct.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
38
23
-
Bowling
-
-
-

Team played

Australia, Queensland, Australia A, Derbyshire, Glamorgan, Lancashire, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Australian XI, Sydney Thunder, Rising Pune Supergiant, Australians

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
42
41
2
1674
104
42.92
1991
84.08
2
14
154
13
T20I
9
9
0
241
58
26.78
182
132.42
0
1
31
5
Test
45
78
6
2891
174
40.15
5725
50.5
8
14
313
15
IPL
6
6
0
127
30
21.17
100
127
0
0
14
3

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
42
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
T20I
9
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0
Test
45
2
12
5
0
-
2.5
-
-
0
0
0
IPL
6
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Biography

Usman has represented Sydney Thunder in the BBL since 2011. Derbyshire gave Khawaja his first opportunity to play county cricket in England in 2011. Khawaja also represents Brisbane’s Valley District Cricket Club in club cricket. He took over the captaincy of the Queensland cricket team in August 2015. In England, Glamorgan County Cricket Club signed Usman in April 2018 to represent them in the 2018 Vitality Blast competition. After being dropped from the Australia Test squad in 2013, Khawaja made a comeback to the side two years later against New Zealand. He made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Melbourne in January 2013. He played his first T20I against India in Sydney in January 2016.

Test

Khawaja has played 44 Test matches in which he has scored 2887 runs at 40.66, with 8 tons and 14 fifties, including his top score of 174.

Usman made his highest Test score in Brisbane against New Zealand in the first match of a series on the New Zealand tour of Australia in November 2015. Batting first in that match, Australia began with a 161-run stand for the first wicket between Joe Burns and David Warner. Khawaja joined Warner at the fall of Burns’s wicket and the pair were involved in a 150-run stand when Warner departed. Khawaja continued at the wicket with partnerships of 88 for the 3rd wicket with Smith and 157 for the 4th wicket with Adam Voges. Usman was eventually out for 174 after spending 374 minutes at the crease to help Australia to a mammoth score of 556/4 declared. In reply, NZ were bowled out for 317. Set to score 504 to win in the fourth innings, the visitors could manage no more than 295, making Australia the winners by 208 runs.

ODI

Usman has scored 1554 runs at 42.00 in 40 ODIs, with 2 tons and 14 fifties, including the top score of 104.

Usman made his highest ODI score against India in Ranchi on 8 March 2019. Batting first, Australia got off to a great start, with a first-wicket stand of 193 between Aaron Finch and Khawaja who top scored with 104 off 113 balls including 11 fours and a six. In the process, he helped Australia to a daunting score of 313/5. When India batted, they were restricted to a score of 281 in 48.2 overs, making Australia the winners by 32 runs. Khawaja got his only other ODI ton two matches later in Delhi. Batting first, Australia scored 272/9 on the back of Usman’s 100 off 106 balls before bowling out India for 237. In the previous match in Mohali, Khawaja scored 91 to help Australia chase down a mammoth target of 359 to win.

T20I

In 9 T20Is played by him, Usman Khawaja has made 241 runs at 26.77, with a top score of 58, his only half-century.

Records and Facts

After beginning his first-class career with NSW in 2008, Khawaja scored back-to-back double tons for the NSW second XI, an unprecedented feat. When he made his Test debut for Australia in January 2011, Usman became the first Muslim and only the 7th foreign player to represent Australia. Khawaja went on to become the first batsman to score a century in a day-night Test match at home and continues to hold the record for the second-highest innings by an individual batsman in a D/N Test.