Fawad Ahmed scalps 6 wickets for Victoria in Sheffield Shield tie against Western Australia

Fawad Ahmed has played three ODIs and two T20Is for Australia © Getty Images

Sydney: Nov 1, 2013

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed kept himself in the forefront of Australian selectors’ minds with six wickets for Victoria in their Sheffield Shield match in Melbourne on Thursday.

The Pakistan-born wrist-spinner captured six wickets for 68 as Western Australia (WA) collapsed in their first innings.

WA were cruising at 218 for three when John Rogers fell five short of a maiden First-Class century and sparked a clatter of wickets to be all out for 270, 42 short of Victoria’s 312.

Ahmed, 31, a former refugee who became an Australian citizen in July after his application was fast-tracked, claimed four wickets in as many overs to rip through the WA tail end.

“It all depends on the rhythm. When you’re feeling good… it doesn’t matter who you’re playing against or what kind of track it is,” Ahmed said.

He said he felt confident he could rip through any team when he was bowling in sync.

Ahmed, who has played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two T20 Internationals for his adopted country, has been kept away from the England tourists in the lead-up matches ahead of the November 21 opening Ashes 2013-14 Test against Australia at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.