Ashes 2013: Fawad Ahmed fast-tracked to boost Australia

Tuesday, 02 July 2013 - 20:43


Australia can select Pakistan-born spinner Fawad Ahmed from the start of the Ashes after his citizenship application was fast-tracked.

The 31-year-old would have become eligible for Australia on 18th August, but is now available for the start of the five-Test series on 10th July.

Fawad, who claimed asylum in 2010, is due to tour with Australia A but could now challenge off spinner Nathan Lyon.

Australia have been struggling to find a top-class spinner since the retirement of Shane Warne in January 2007.