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Fawad Ahmed in Australia ODI squad

The Pakistan born Australian cricketer is expected to debut in the upcoming ODI series

Fawad Ahmed in Australia ODI squad - Cricket News
Fawad Ahmed has been eyeing debut after he was granted Australian citizenship.

The Cricket Australia National Selection Panel (NSP) has today announced an 18-man squad for the limited overs component of the tour of England, as well as the ODI against Scotland.

The NSP will reduce this squad after the two T20 internationals against England.

The 18-player squad is:
Michael Clarke (ODI Captain) NSW
George Bailey (ODI Vice-Captain/T20 captain) TAS
Fawad Ahmed VIC
Nathan Coulter-Nile WA
James Faulkner TAS
Aaron Finch VIC
Josh Hazlewood NSW
Phil Hughes SA
Mitchell Johnson WA
Shaun Marsh WA
Glenn Maxwell VIC
Clint McKay VIC
Steve Smith NSW
Mitchell Starc NSW
Adam Voges WA
Matthew Wade VIC
David Warner NSW
Shane Watson NSW

Commenting on the squad, National Selector John Inverarity said: “The NSP today announced an 18-man squad for the two T20s against England, the ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh and the five ODIs against England to be played from 29 August to 16 September. The NSP will reduce the squad, probably to 15, after the T20 matches.

“Fawad Ahmed gets his opportunity as the squad’s lead spinner. He replaces Xavier Doherty who had that role in the ICC Champions Trophy played in June. While Xavier will be disappointed, he remains in strong contention for selection for the Tour of India in October. Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa. He is a mature and very good leg-spin bowler and the NSP is keen to see how he fares in international competition.

“Steve Smith has replaced Mitchell Marsh from the squad that represented Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy. Steve is a talented young stroke-maker who is steadily gaining confidence and has been impressive at times during the Ashes Series and Australia A tour that preceded it. Mitchell is still only 21 years of age and is a player who remains of high interest.

“Aaron Finch played five consecutive ODIs last summer against the West Indies. Since then he has captained Australia A against the England Lions in February and more recently against South Africa A, Zimbabwe and India A in Africa. He has played and captained with considerable success and the NSP looks forward to him continuing his form in England.

“Shaun Marsh’s limited overs form has been very good for some time. He sealed his selection in this squad when he batted through the innings scoring a masterful 136 not out to guide Australia A to victory against South Africa A recently.

“Josh Hazlewood has been performing impressively with Australia A recently and thoroughly deserves the opportunity. Josh made his ODI debut for Australia against England in 2010 as a 19-year-old and now, three years on, he is a stronger and better bowler.

“We believe the squad is also a very good fielding unit with David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Steve Smith being a brilliant and eye-catching quartet within the wider squad.

"While he hasn't been selected in this squad, the NSP also notes the strong performances of Nic Maddinson in recent months for Australia A. We look forward to him continuing to build on that good form and pressing his claims for higher honours in the future.

“The ICC World Twenty20 2014 is less than 12 months away and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015around 18 months away so every limited overs game between now and then will be an important opportunity for those players selected to press their claims.

“While those two tournaments may seem distant to cricket fans, the NSP has been planning for these tournaments for some time.”

The NSP will finalise the changes to this squad after the two T20 internationals against England.