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Cricketer Usman Khawaja’s brother charged for faking attack plot to frame rival

SYDNEY: The brother of Australian cricket star Usman Khawaja was charged on Tuesday with creating what police described as fake plans for attacks against prominent people that led to the imprisonment of another man he saw as a rival for the affections of a woman. Arsalan Tariq Khawaja was granted bail in Sydney’s Parramatta Local Court on Tuesday afternoon on charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice and forgery. He was arrested in western Sydney earlier as part of a New South Wales Joint Counter Terrorism…

Khawaja achieves his Ashes century dream

SYDNEY: Usman Khawaja is relieved he finally has an Ashes Test century to savour after a "lot of carry-on" over his debut against England in Sydney seven years ago. The elegant Pakistan-born left-hander soaked up the acclaim from his home fans after scoring 171 in the final Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Khawaja batted for 515 minutes and faced 381 balls and just missed out on bettering his highest Test score of 174 made against New Zealand in Brisbane in 2015. It was a special milestone in the…

Racism turned me away from backing Australia teams: Usman Khawaja

MELBOURNE: Australia's Test batsman Usman Khawaja has said being racially vilified when he was growing up in Sydney led him to support other countries rather than back Australian sports teams. The Pakistan-born 30-year-old said in a blog post that racial abuse was widespread on the playing field during his junior days and blamed it for curtailing the sporting ambitions of a number of his overseas-born friends. “Getting sledged by opposition players and their parents was the norm,” Khawaja wrote on the PlayersVoice…

Khawaja says no grudges against Arthur over ‘homeworkgate’

BRISBANE: Australia batsman Usman Khawaja said on Tuesday he holds no grudge against Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur over the so-called "homeworkgate" affair ahead of this week's Test series opener against the tourists. Khawaja was one of four players who were banned for one Test for failing to complete a written task set by Arthur when he was Australia coach during a disastrous tour of India in 2013. Arthur was subsequently fired by Cricket Australia on the eve of the 2013 Ashes after a run of four defeats and replaced…

Adelaide Test: Khawaja ton as Australia close in on Proteas lead

ADELAIDE: Usman Khawaja hit a fighting century to lead an Australian charge but skipper Steve Smith was run out in a dreadful mix-up on the second day of the third day-night Test against South Africa on Friday. At dinner in Adelaide, the Australians were 209 for three in reply to the Proteas' 259 for nine declared, with Khawaja unbeaten on 108 and debutant Peter Handscomb on 14. The home side trail by 50 runs. It was Khawaja's fifth Test century and an important one as Australia seek to prevent the Proteas from an…