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Khawaja ready to face Pakistan, pink ball

AAP logoAAP 13/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

Usman Khawaja will face the pink ball, Pakistan and plenty of reminders about his past at the Gabba this week.

Khawaja, fresh from becoming the first Australian to post a day-night Test ton, will be a key player in the clash that starts on Thursday.

The occasion will bring Khawaja face to face with former coach Mickey Arthur, who punished him as part of the 'homeworkgate' episode that marred the shambolic 2013 tour of India.

It was also pit Khawaja against the nation he called home before shifting from Islamabad to Sydney at age four.

"My parents are Australian but they're also very Pakistani ... when I talk to my parents, I still at times try to speak Urdu here and there. It's not as good as them but they can understand what's going on," Khawaja said on Tuesday.

"I was born there, so it's a very close part of me.

"I have glimpses of memories of our old place and what not, but nothing too circumstantial.

"They were there for 30 years but now they just want me to do well and want Australia to win every single time, no matter who we're playing. There is no allegiance conflict at all."

The classy left-hander, who recently hit career-best form with a magnificent century that delivered Australia victory over South Africa in Adelaide, is now among the nation's most high-profile Muslims.

But not everyone in Brisbane, the city Khawaja has called home since 2012, knows him well. The Queensland captain had an awkward case of mistaken identity when he encountered a locked door on Tuesday at the Gabba.

"I was just waiting and the Queensland Cricket lady came down," Khawaja said.

"She was like 'oh, you need the locker rooms open?' I went 'yes please' and she started walking to the Pakistani change room."

For entirely different reasons, Pakistan coach Arthur admitted a day earlier it was surreal to be walking into the visitors' change rooms.

The South African started his tenure as Australian coach with a 2011 Test at the Gabba, where David Warner and Mitchell Starc debuted.

Khawaja bears no ill will towards Arthur, despite being one of four players punished during Australia's calamitous tour of India in 2013.

Those controversial Test suspensions, meted out for not submitting written feedback, effectively cost Arthur his job.

"It's water under the bridge. It was so long ago ... I let go pretty quickly," Khawaja said.

"I'm not spiteful or revengeful.

"Mickey is a very good guy. He was very nice ... I'm not the kind of guy who holds onto grudges. If I get into a fight or get angry with someone, I'm over it like that.

"I'm sure if I see Mickey, there would be no issues."

Khawaja has reached three figures in his past three matches - twice for the Bulls and once for Australia. That includes two pink-ball tons.

"I'm not a big one in believing in form and I know how quickly things can change," he said.

"It'll be a nice challenge to (face Pakistan's attack) in conditions that are suited and friendly to fast bowling."

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