Khawaja hits out at Australia selectors

Usman Khawaja
Updated 16 October 2017
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Khawaja hits out at Australia selectors

SYDNEY: While David Warner was criticizing English, his teammate Usman Khawaja was busy hitting out at the Australian selectors.
The 30-year-old left-hander scored 55 runs in four innings during Australia’s 3-0 test series defeat in Sri Lanka in 2016 before being dropped for the third test.
He then scored half-centuries in six consecutive home tests but did not play in the four-test series in India this year.
Khawaja was brought back for the first test in Bangladesh, only to be dropped for the second match of the series.
“They never used to do it before, I‘m not really sure why they do it now,” Khawaja (pictured) said.
”It creates a lot of instability in the team I reckon, going in and out for everyone.
“You hear things like ‘the players are playing afraid’ or whatnot, but that’s what happens when you drop players all the time. We’ve been doing that a fair bit lately.”
The Pakistan-born cricketer has played 24 Tests since making his debut in the 2011 Ashes and has scored five hundreds, averaging over 45.


Luka Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology

Updated 24 September 2018
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Luka Modric wins world player of year, ends Ronaldo-Messi duology

LONDON: Luka Modric has broken a decade of award dominance by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi after being crowned world footballer of the year by FIFA, while Marta won the women’s award for a sixth time.
Modric was voted FIFA’s best player in the 2017-18 season after winning the Champions League for a fourth time in five seasons with Real Madrid and leading Croatia to its first World Cup final where it lost to France.
Messi and Ronaldo have been the only winners of world soccer’s main individual award from FIFA in various guises since 2008, both winning five titles each.
Messi didn’t make the three-man shortlist and skipped the trip to London. Ronaldo was shortlisted but also didn’t turn up at the ceremony to be dethroned in person by his former Real Madrid teammate. Egypt forward Mohamed Salah also made the top three for the first time.