Pakistani refugee helps Aussies with spin practice

Fawad Ahmed, an asylum seeker in Australia from Pakistan, turned up at the nets to help the Australian cricket team to combat leg-spin bowling as they geared up for the first Test starting on Friday.

updated: November 06, 2012 14:46 IST
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Brisbane: Australia on Tuesday used the leg-spin bowling of a Pakistani asylum seeker in their first net practice session ahead of this week's first Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

Fawad Ahmed, who is awaiting a decision from the Australian government about his refugee protection claim, bowled against Australia's top batsmen as a preparation for South African spinner Imran Tahir ahead of Friday's Gabba Test opener.

Ahmed, who plays Melbourne club cricket and has previously bowled in nets sessions to Australia's batsmen, was flown to Brisbane due to the similarities of his bowling action with that of Pakistan-born Tahir, team officials said.

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