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Fawad Ahmed: How one ball changed my life

Ahmed relives his remarkable journey from Pakistani asylum seeker to Australia spinner.
In 2010, a bright young Pakistani cricketer fled his troubled homeland to seek asylum in Australia.

Fawad Ahmed had been persecuted and threatened by religious extremists for working with an organisation aiming to help educate women.

Two years after moving Down Under, Ahmed was granted permanent residency.

Now, he's part of the fabric of Australian cricket, one of the country's most influential spinners and a key player for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.

Ahmed has been sharing his remarkable story with Stumped reporter Sam Sheringham.

Photo: Fawad Ahmed (Getty Images)

England scared of producing pace bowlers - Holding

Former West Indies star Michael Holding believes England fear producing fast bowlers.
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding says England's main problem in their 4-0 Ashes loss to Australia was a lack of pace.

He says there’s a big problem in the English system because bowlers are encouraged to favour economy rates over pace.

According to Holding, England's Steve Finn had his raw pace coached out of him because he was conceding too many runs.

Photo: Michael Holding (Getty Images)

Sydney seaplane: Berkhamsted School 'deeply shocked' at former pupils' deaths

Berkhamsted School has paid tribute to two former pupils who were part of the British family killed in a seaplane crash near Sydney, Australia on New Year's Eve.

Richard Cousins, Emma Bowden, Will Cousins, Gareth Morgan, Heather Bowden, Ed Cousins (clockwise from top left)
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Old Berkhamstedians William and Edward Cousins died in the crash, along with their father Richard Cousins, his partner Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather.

In a statement on the school's website, it said the Berkhamsted School community was "deeply shocked and saddened" by the news.

"William (25) and Edward (23) attended Berkhamsted School from the age of 11-18 and are fondly remembered, by staff and their peers," it said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends at this extremely difficult time."

Sydney seaplane: Tributes paid to Tooting family killed in crash

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The crash involved a single-engine DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane

Tributes have been paid to a London family killed in a seaplane crash near Sydney on New Year's Eve.

Colleagues of Richard Cousins, 58, chief executive of one of the world's largest catering companies, Compass Group, described his "great humanity".

He died alongside his fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, a campaigner.

Australian pilot Gareth Morgan, who also died, was known as "a gentle guy".

All six died when the seaplane - which belonged to a firm running sightseeing tours - plunged into a river 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney.

Sydney seaplane victim born in Yorkshire

Richard Cousins - who was one of the six people who were killed in a seaplane crash in Australia on New Year's Eve - was born in Leeds and went to the University of Sheffield.

Mr Cousins (pictured below, top left) died alongside his fiancée, three children and the pilot of the aircraft.

Victims of Australia seaplane crash
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The family was flying back to Sydney from a restaurant when the single-engine aircraft crashed into the Hawkesbury River.

An investigation is underway and a preliminary report is expected before the end of January.

Saddened to hear of the passing away of Richard Cousins and some family members in Sydney. Great man who loved the game of cricket. Thoughts to all his family"

Michael VaughanFormer England and Yorkshire cricketer