Pak-born Oz first Muslim cricketer not certain about family`s support

Sydney: Australia`s first Muslim cricketer Usman Khawaja is not certain about his family in Pakistan rooting for him when he plays against Pakistan.

Loyalties are set to be divided in Khawaja`s family after he was picked for next month`s two-Test series against Pakistan in England.

"I haven`t thought about it (family loyalties) like that. I am just very happy being in the squad," a newspaper quoted Khawaja, as saying.

Khawaja is a Pakistani origin Australian citizen, who was born in Islamabad and came to Australia aged four.

Khawaja was named after a spot was opened up by a shoulder injury to Phil Hughes, while Hilfenhaus returns after overcoming knee tendonitis.

He had been warming up for the tour by playing for Australia A in a four-day match series against Sri Lanka A, alongside fellow call-up Hilfenhaus.



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