Sydney, Nov. 6 (ANI): The Australian team have used the 'spinning skills' of Pakistani asylum seeker Fawad Ahmed in their first net session ahead of the Test series against South Africa starting in Brisbane this week.
The Melbourne club cricketer, who is still awaiting a word from Immigration Minister Chris Bowen about his claim for refugee protection, was flown to Brisbane to help Australia's batsmen prepare for South Africa's formidable bowling attack because of his resemblance to Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir.
Ahmed, who fled Pakistan in 2010 and is living in Down Under on a bridging visa, says he was persecuted by religious extremists in his northern Pakistani province for playing and coaching the sport he loves and received death threats for "promoting Western culture", the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Opening batsman Ed Cowan said that though hasn't faced Tahir, he felt Ahmed's bowling style could be similar to that of the Pakistan-born South African.
"He [Ahmed] has fast and flexible wrists, and hard-to-pick variations," he said.
All of Australia's players took part in Tuesday's first training session at the Gabba, including Rob Quiney - who is set make his Test debut on Friday, the paper said. (ANI)