Australia Tour of India 2023: As India name T20 star in the squad for Aussie Tests

After his visa issues were overcome, Australia’s star batter Usman Khawaja was permitted to go to India to meet up with his teammates ahead of the highly anticipated Test series. After a nervous wait for his visa to be issued, Pakistan-born Khawaja left Melbourne via plane, more than a day later than anticipated.

The 36-year-old starter posted a picture of himself on an aircraft along with the hashtags “incoming” and “khawajaenroute” on social media on Thursday.

Every other member of Australia’s 18-man team was given admission in time to board flights on Tuesday and Wednesday to their training camp in Bangalore, despite the complexity and length of the approval process for arriving in India.

When applying for a visa to enter India, applicants are questioned about whether they or their parents are from Pakistan. Khawaja, who was born in Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad, had previously encountered difficulties obtaining a visa to enter India. The batter vented his resentment on social media in 2011 after being refused entry to the nation because he was not born in Australia.

Regardless of his arrival status, the swanky left-hander was not scheduled to train with teammates in Bangalore on Thursday, and the team administration is not worried that the delay will damage his preparation.

This month, Khawaja, who will play his maiden Test match in India, has previously received entry clearance. He traveled with the Test squad in 2013, the same year that he and colleagues James Pattinson, Shane Watson, and Mitchell Johnson were implicated in the notorious “homework-gate” affair.

In addition, Khawaja played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL in 2016, represented Australia A during a tour of India in 2018, and again with the national ODI team in 2019, during which time he hit two centuries.

One of the cricket storylines of 2022 was the resurgence of Khawaja’s international career, with the player shining after being recalled to the Test team after spending more than two years on the sidelines.

He produced career-best efforts to win the Shane Warne Award for men’s Test player of the year from Australia and was selected as the opener in the ICC’s best XI. Khawaja shone during Australia’s valiant 1-0 Test series victory in Pakistan in 2022, the team’s first visit to the nation in 24 years, scoring 496 runs at an impressive average of 165.33. The much-awaited four-test series versus India gets underway on February 9 in Nagpur T20 star.

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These days any fan of English cricket would solve the puzzle in seconds: it’s obviously Jason Roy. England’s white-ball opener and one-time magician of the willow wand has been teetering towards the end of something for the best part of a year, a man on the verge of a statistical breakdown, a reputational abyss.

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