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Usman Khawaja is one of the 15 players who have been named in the Australia squad to play the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Usman Khawaja, who made his one-day international debut on 11-Jan-13, had played 31 ODI matches until the 2019 World Cup. In the 30 innings he batted in, he had scored a total of 1238 runs, having faced 1490 balls, at an average of 44.21 and a strike rate of 83.09. He was unbeaten in 2 of those innings. His highest score in an innings was 104. He had 2 centuries and 10 half-centuries to his name. 

An Australian cricketer, Usman Khawaja made his international debut in January 2011. Khawaja has also played county cricket for Derbyshire, Glamorgan and Lancashire, and Twenty20 cricket in the Indian Premier League for the now defunct Rising Pune.  In April 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
 
Big Bash
 
Since 2011, Khawaja has played for the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. In BBL05, he was the second highest run scorer (345 runs) and averaged 172.50 runs per match. Khawaja 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.
 
Test Career
 
Khawaja was selected as part of the 17-man Australian squad for the 2010–11 Ashes series. He was  selected in the Australian cricket team to play in the fifth Test against England in Sydney on 3 January 2011, becoming the 419th player to represent Australia. Before the third Test against India in March 2013, Australia suspended Khawaja, along with James Pattinson, Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson following a breach of discipline. Khawaja made his Test return in the second Test of the 2013 Ashes series, replacing Ed Cowan. He scored his maiden Test century, in the first Test against New Zealand on 5 November 2015, in which he scored 174 with 16 fours and 2 sixes. Since his return to Test cricket, Khawaja has scored 4 centuries in 6 matches. Additionally, Khawaja set a record for becoming the first ever batman to score Test century in an innings of a Day-Night Test match at home soil and still has the record for the second highest individual score in a Day-Night Test innings.
 
T20I Career
 
He made his Twenty20 International debut for Australia against India on 31 January 2016. During the 2015–16 season, Khawaja was in spectacular form for Australia and his domestic T20 franchise the Sydney Thunder, with many pundits hailing his renaissance as a batsman since being dropped from the Australian team in 2013 and recovering from an injury in 2015. 
 
ODI Career
 
Though Khawaja has played more Tests and ODIs, he has been able to cement his place in the team and is touted as one of the most dangerous batsmen for the World Cup 2019. In April 2019, he was named in Australia's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

 

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