Pakistani asylum seeker helps Australia with spin practice

Australia on Tuesday utilized the leg-spin bowling of a Pakistani asylum seeker in their 1st net practice session ahead of this week’s 1st test against South Africa in Brisbane.

Fawad Ahmed, who’s waiting for a decision from the Australian govt about his refugee safety claim, bowled against Australia’s leading batsmen as a training for South African spinner Imran Tahir ahead of Friday’s Gabba test opener.

Ahmed, who plays Melbourne club cricket and has earlier bowled in nets sessions to Australia’s batsmen, was flown to Brisbane because of the similarities of his bowling style with that of Pakistan-born Tahir, team officials said. Ahmed is familiar with naturalized South African Tahir, having played against him when they’re both in Pakistan’s regional cricket. He left his home in the border area close to Afghanistan to come to Australia on a short-stay visa to play cricket in 2010.

All of Australia’s cricketers took part in Tuesday’s 1st session at the Gabba, including Rob Quiney, who’s set to make his test debut as a substitute for injured Shane Watson.

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