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Australian cricket player accused of disrespect after dab celebration

Usman Khawaja marked his his half-century in style.

AUSTRALIAN CRICKET PLAYER Usman Khawaja has been criticised for bringing out the dab celebration during a game.

The batsman achieved his half-century in a Test match against Pakistan, and decided to mark the moment with a dab, a dance move which is becoming a frequent feature at sports events.

It’s even made an appearance at GAA games. Ronan O’Neill sealed his goal in the 2016 National Football League Division 2 final with a dab, on the way to Tyrone’s win over Cavan.

The cricket game is no stranger to the dab either. Khawaja’s former teammate Moises Henriques executed the move after scoring a century against Tasmania last November.

While some spectators applauded Khawaja for his attempt at the dab, others felt it was a disrespectful act and showed poor sportsmanship towards their visiting opponents.

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What was meant as an innocent and lighthearted gesture could bring disciplinary action for Khawaja. A spokesman from the team’s fine committee jokingly said that the incident could be a topic of discussion at the next meeting.

“I’m part of the Fines Committee and we’re not allowed to fine people for on-field things, but that might be up for discussion next meeting.

“It’s all good fun. He’s just trying to do something different compared to everyone else. It’s pretty funny.”

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