Off spinner Nathan Lyon is likely to get the nod for the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge, but Australia are already being tempted to turn to a more unlikely star as they seek a surprise package capable of inspiring success.
Australia's chairman of selectors, John Inverarity, has already hinted that Pakistan-born leg spinner Fawad Ahmed is likely to be called up to this summer's Ashes squad, and he could be just one injury away from starting against Alastair Cook's side.
The 31-year-old, born in the north west frontier province of Marghuz in Pakistan, could yet be the unlikely heir to the elusive Shane Warne role in an Australia side that has been derided for being 'average', 'uninspiring' and 'predictable'.
If the potential selection of the leg spinner, whose action is more similar to that of Anil Kumble than Warne, is regarded as a big surprise, it is his life story that is by far the most remarkable element of the news.
Fawad claimed refuge in Australia three years ago after he fled his native Pakistan because he claimed he was being persecuted by the Taliban, and he has since gone on to forge a successful career in domestic Australia cricket.
When back in Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border, he was informed that, as one of the region's most notable cricketers, and through his work as a coach and for a non-government organisation that promoted education of young girls and women, he was infecting the local community with western values.
In 2010, he accepted playing offer from the Yoogali Cricket Association, in rural New South Wales, who sponsored his short‑term visa, and he went on to break the club's record of dismissals in a season with 90 wickets in 24 games at 11.74 apiece.
An amendment to the Citizenship Act last week ensured that Fawad will be allowed to fast-track his passport application in time for the Ashes, and it seems as though Australia will not be wasting any time in throwing the spinner into their squad for what is a huge summer of Test cricket against the Old Enemy.
"It is likely that his passport will be through in time for him to be considered for the squad," Inverarity told Test Match Special. "Then he will be considered for selection. He is a very interesting story. He is a young man who felt he was being persecuted in Pakistan and sought refuge in Australia.
"He came and joined an ethnic community there, played some cricket at a southern district level, was noticed as a good leg spinner, then he went down to state practice and its gone from there. He is a fine young man who has handled himself extremely well so it's a very interesting story, especially in the diversity context so we will just have to wait and see what happens. He is a very good leg spin bowler."
Fawad has yet to be awarded an Australian passport, but he has already represented Australia A in their tour match against Ireland in Belfast, and he took one wicket in 17 overs.
It has been reported that many in Australia have objected to the idea that a man born in another country could appear in the baggy green for an Ashes series, but Inverarity has already moved to quash any such talk ahead of the much-publicised series later in the summer.
"I think the response (of the Australian public) has been overwhelmingly positive," he said. "The vast majority are very supportive of it. It's important for our Australian community that there is that sort of integration. He has got on well with the Victoria players, he has arrived with Australia A and he has fitted in well. He is a lovely lad."
After he impressed for Australia A against the England Lions, Somerset all-rounder Craig Overton said: "I could see him causing England problems. There is a bit of Shane Warne about him and it doesn't surprise me that he is being fast-tracked towards the Ashes. He's a quality leg-spinner."
It is expected that Fawad will remain with Australia A for their next game against Gloucester on Friday and could even be called up for the full side's warm-up games at Taunton and Worcester, but from then on it becomes a guessing game as to how he will be employed.
Lyon, an orthodox spinner, has not been particularly popular given his conservative approach and lack of inspiration as Australia continue to look for the 'next Warne', and there could now be a clamour for Fawad to start the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge on July 10.
"It's going to be very difficult for him," Inverarity said. "If we select him for the Test team and he plays, with his unusual circumstances, the pressure on him will be extraordinary. I think as a unit we need to protect him as much as we can from those distractions."
"If we select him..." were the words Inverarity used, and they leave no one convinced that a decision has already been made between Lyon and Fawad. The pressure on him would be extraordinary, but after all he has already been through in his life, an Ashes series will not fluster the 31-year-old.
It may be a left-field selection, but the next unpredictable leg spinner may be just the man Australia needs to show everyone that there is more to their side than a group of predictable players turning up to play second fiddle.
Fawad has all the tools to succeed at the top level and a temperament that has made him an inspiration to many as a man, more than simply a domestic Australian cricketer. He could well be the surprise package of the summer. For what it's worth, Warne also approves.