Australia batsman Usman Khawaja believes racial stereotypes are behind his reputation as being a “lazy” player.
Pakistan-born Khawaja also says cricket must do more to attract players from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
Khawaja, 33, moved to Sydney as a child and became the first Muslim to play for Australia when he made his Test debut in the 2010-11 Ashes.
“I always had that ‘lazy’ undertone when I was growing up and I think part of that was my relaxed nature but part of it was also because I was Pakistani, and subcontinent people were seen as lazy, not doing the hard yards and whatnot,” he told cricket.com.au.
“Running has never been natural to me, so when we used to do lots of fitness testing I wasn’t as good as everyone…