The Courier-Mail

Ahmed puts positive spin on Test selection chances

No room for sentiment as Chanderpau­l is axed

- GREG BUCKLE GREG BUCKLE

TEST hopeful Fawad Ahmed says it’s hard to make a breakthrou­gh in a tour match when the other team is playing out a dull draw.

And the Pakistan-born legspinner reckons failing to take a wicket in the second innings of last week’s three-day game in Antigua shouldn’t count against him.

The 33-year-old former asylum seeker is pushing for a possible Test debut on Thursday in the first Test against the West Indies on the spin-friendly Dominica pitch.

However his figures of 2-113 and 0-31 against a West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI on face value don’t appear too friendly to his selection prospects.

Ahmed (pictured) said he bowled well and he would not be judged on a single performanc­e anyway.

“I’ve come off a really good Sheffield Shield season,” Ahmed said. “They’re not just going to look at six, seven eight overs that went not as well as normally.

“They know what my ability and skills are.” SHIVNARINE Chanderpau­l’s hopes of a fond farewell series against Australia have been officially dashed after the veteran batsman was left out of a 14-man squad for Thursday’s first Test.

The team’s second-highest runscorer is only 45 runs shy of beating Brian Lara’s 11,912 runs. But Chanderpau­l (pictured) had a poor recent series against England in the West Indies, averaging 15.33.

At 40, he’s not seen as part of the team’s future. The decision has been backed by fast-bowling great Michael Holding, while Lara has supported Chanderpau­l’s bid for a farewell Test series. All squad members named at the weekend played in the drawn series against England, apart from uncapped duo Rajindra Chandrika and wicketkeep­er Shane Dowrich.

“My request to finish up with the Australian series is not asking too much,” Chanderpau­l has told Caribbean media.

“It gives me a chance to acknowledg­e my supporters at home.”

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