Australia captain Michael Clarke says there’s still a chance Fawad Ahmed could debut despite missing the first Test win over the West Indies.
Fawad was overlooked for the spin-friendly deck in Dominica as Australia romped to a nine-wicket win over the Windies inside three days.
The second Test at Jamaica’s Sabina Park is likely to be less helpful to the spinners raising the prospect of Fawad heading to the Ashes campaign in England without a Test match under his belt.
Australia famously threw teenage spinner Ashton Agar into his first Test the last time they toured England, a result which brought runs but few wickets.
Clarke insists Fawad remains a chance to debut in Jamaica, but it will come down to the condition of the pitch in Kingston.
“He’s fantastic, like everybody who missed out he wanted an opportunity, but he understands this is the XI the selectors went for in this Test match,” Clarke said.
“He’s still working hard, bowling lots in the nets and he’ll be ready if he gets a chance in the second Test.
“Like always with the second spinner it’s determined by the wicket really. If the wicket’s conducive to two spinners then Fuzz will get an opportunity, if it’s conducive to three fast bowlers then like this Test match he won’t.
“He’s a lovely guy, a very hard worker and I’m sure if he gets a chance he’ll grab it with both hands.”