Australia spinner Fawad Ahmed is not worried about the sudden emergence of Victoria team-mate James Muirhead, saying a bit of competition in the spin department is good for everyone.

Fawad made his Australia debut in England last year, but only took six wickets in the five limited-overs matches he played. He had been tipped to play an Ashes Test in Nathan Lyon's place, but the latter stayed the course and flourished.

Now, leggie Muirhead has replaced Fawad in the Vics side, but the former Pakistani is not overly concerned, saying that as was Lyon's situation, some competition will make him work even harder.

Fawad said: "Look to Nathan Lyon, he's doing really well at the moment and he started doing well when he saw that I was coming on the scene with some other spinners.

"I'm the same. If I can see James Muirhead or Jon Holland in the (Victoria) team, I need to work hard and fight hard for a spot, so that will make me do my best.

"I've always done well when there was competition. I've had a good chat with the selectors from time to time and they still are advising me I'm in contention."

Muirhead, meanwhile, made his Oz debut against England recently, and took four wickets in the three T20s he played.