No grudges against Arthur over ‘home­work­gate’: Khawaja

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Aus­tralia bats­man Us­man Khawaja said yes­ter­day he holds no grudge against Pak­istan coach Mickey Arthur over the so­called “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 by Dar­ren Lehmann. Khawaja said it was “water un­der the bridge”. “I’m not spite­ful or venge­ful in that sort of re­spect. Mickey is a very good guy,” he told re­porters ahead of the day-night open­ing Test against Pak­istan at the Gabba on Thurs­day. “I’m not the kind of guy who holds on to grudges. If I get into a fight or I get an­gry with some­one I’m over it (quickly), usu­ally any­way. “I’m sure if I see Mickey there’ll be no is­sues, it’ll be fine, ev­ery­thing will be good.”

Khawaja, who left Pak­istan be­fore he was five and is the first Mus­lim to play for Aus­tralia, said the coun­try of his birth was still “a very big part” of his life, but it would not af­fect him dur­ing the se­ries. “If I broke it down, the way I act and what I do is very Aus­tralian, but there’s al­ways parts of me-when I talk to my par­ents I try to speak Urdu with them here and there,” he said. “It’s not as good as them but they un­der­stand what’s go­ing on so it is a big part of my life when I’m with my par­ents and around my par­ents.” Khawaja heads into the se­ries in top form af­ter his man-of-the-match near-eight hour epic 145 over three days in the first in­nings of Aus­tralia’s win over South Africa in Ade­laide last month.

He has amassed 314 runs at 52.33 in three Tests so far this Aus­tralian Test sea­son. — AFP

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