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Mitchell McClenaghan names a key player for Australia in 2019 World Cup

Fawad is performing well in the ongoing BBL.

Fawad Ahmed
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

ICC Cricket World Cup is only five months away now as all the ten teams are closing in on the group of players they would want to play in the event. Also, the ODI series in the near future are crucial given that they will not be able to try many things now. Having said that, Australia is one of the very few teams which hasn’t settled with their key players missing out.

Despite winning the previous edition of the World Cup, no one is considering them as the contender to defend the title next year. But the Men in Yellow are known to bring out the best in them during the crunch situations and it would be a mistake if any team takes them lightly in the tournament. However, for them to compete, New Zealand pacer has tipped Fawad Ahmed to play a crucial role in the mega event next year in England.

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Fawad shines in BBL game

Fawad Ahmed made his debut for Australia way back in 2013 and played three ODI and a couple of T20Is. But after a solitary series, was left out of the side only to not be considered ever again. Five years down the line, the leg-spinner has been consistently performing in the domestic circuit but is yet to get picked in the national side. In the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL), Fawad, playing for Sydney Thunder, stunned the opponents Sydney Sixers by picking three in just two overs.

He derailed the chase completely for the Thunder by picking the crucial wickets of Jordan Silk, Daniel Hughes and Josh Phillipe. He flummoxed the batsmen with his variations to impress everyone around and McClenaghan was one of them. “Said it before and will say it again. @bachaji23 is key to @cricketcomau success at the @ICC World Cup next year. #BBL08,” the Kiwi pacer tweeted for him.

Though it remains to be seen if Fawad is even picked in Australia squad for World Cup as he doesn’t seem to be in the fray at the moment.

Here’s his tweet:

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