SYDNEY - Pakistani asylum-seeker Fawad Ahmed moved a step closer to playing in Ashes series against England after being rushed into the Australia A squad for their tour of Britain Thursday. The prospects of Fawad playing for his adopted country improved dramatically when a bill to amend the Citizenship Act, which will help fast-track his application, passed through Australia's lower house of parliament. "Fawad is a spin bowler of interest and we look forward to seeing how he performs," chief selector John Inverarity said. "It's amazing news for me," Fawad said. "I am very happy. It is a great opportunity for me to prove myself for Australia A in overseas conditions." Ahmed said his journey to Australia had been all about survival. "I've been through a really tough time," he said. –AFP