Anti-Islamic protest group Reclaim Australia released a new statement this afternoon reiterating its “principled, patriotic opposition to the presence of all Muslim immigrants in Australia with the exception of Usman Khawaja”.
Khawaja, the first Muslim to wear the baggy green, top scored in the Aussies first innings against New Zealand at the Gabba. His stylish 174 was the Pakistani-born top order batsman’s first Test century.
Reclaim Australia’s statement said: “Islam is a dangerous threat to our freedoms and we call on all patriotic Aussies to resist Sharia Law and defend our way of life against this backwards and alien culture.
“This country cannot accept Muslim immigrants as a matter of survival, except for Khawaja as he is looking pretty good at number three.”
Acknowledging that the pitch at the Gabba seemed pretty batsman friendly and Khawaja came to the crease after the “decent, Aussie openers” David Warner and Joe Burns put on a 161, Reclaim Australia none-the-less noted: “Khawaja is a great stroke player, just lovely to watch, and number three is a crucial position, so he deserves a chance to consolidate his place in the side.”
The controversial group was not without its concerns over a Muslim wearing the baggy green, however, demanding Cricket Australia clarify whether or not Khawaja was being allowed to play with “a Halal bat”.
For its part, Reclaim Australia splinter group, the United Patriots Front, took a stronger stance.
UPF leader Benito Cottrell releasing a YouTube video insisting that “the true patriotic position, not that you’ll hear it from those traitors in Canberra like Malcolm Turncoat”, was that Khawaja needed to be tested against a stronger bowling side, such as the South Africans, before he could truly claim either the number three position or the right “not to be deported back to towelhead land”.