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Spinner Fawad Ahmed included in Australian team for ODI, T20

Sydney: Fawad Ahmed, Pakistan-born leg spinner, has been inducted into the Australian team for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England. The team:   Michael Clarke (ODI captain), George Bailey (T20 captain), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile,
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India TV Sports Desk 15 Aug 2013, 11:15 PM IST
Sydney: Fawad Ahmed, Pakistan-born leg spinner, has been inducted into the Australian team for the ODI and Twenty20 series against England.



The team:   Michael Clarke (ODI captain), George Bailey (T20 captain), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

31-year-old Fawad Ahmed became an Australian citizen  only last month.

He has replaced Xavier Doherty, who played in the ICC Champions Trophy in England last June. India won that trophy.

Australia's chief selector John Inverarity said, : Ahmed  may be called up for the home summer Ashes series against England  in November.

"He played in some (Sheffield) Shield matches at the end of the last Australian summer, bowled well and took wickets, so we're just keen to see how he goes at international level."

Inverarity said Ahmed could emerge as the ODI and T20 squad's lead spin bowler.

"Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa," he said.

"He is a very good and mature leg-spin bowler and the selection panel is keen to see how he fares in international competition."

Ahmed has played only 18 first-class matches, taking 56 wickets at an average of 31.44.

Allrounder Mitchell Marsh  has been dropped from the squad. He has been replaced by Steve Smith.

"Steve is a talented young stroke-maker who is steadily gaining confidence and has been impressive at times during the (ongoing) Ashes series and Australia A tour that preceded it," said Inverarity.

Mitchell Johnson has been recalled and fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has also returned to the squad after overcoming injury problems.

The squad was chosen with next year's ICC World Twenty20 and the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in mind.

Australia will play two T20s against England this month. The team will play  five ODIs against England and one against Scotland.
 
 
 

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