Australia Tour: I played on Absolute Highways and that will help me against India, says Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar, an Australian all-rounder, says the experience of batsmen on “very good wickets” in recent Sheffield Shield games would help him when he faces India in the upcoming series. (More cricket news)
Agar, 27, had appeared in both limited formats for Australia last summer, but missed her spot in the ODIs during their tour of England in September.
Now ready to join his limited teammates on Sunday after completing his Sheffield Shield engagements and enduring a two-week quarantine at Perth, Agar is hoping his experience in the quick few weeks will help him in the series ahead.
“I played around 150 overs in three Shield games. I played at wickets that were absolute highways,” said Agar, who won 10 wickets in three games for Western Australia in October-November, stated by cricket.com.au.
“Trying to think that drummers have really good wickets actually feels good for an ODI and T20 series,” he added.
Agar has not appeared in any match for more than 50 years since March in South Africa with a lack of local competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic which deprives him of any chance to make his case.
“Yes, I haven’t played white ball cricket in a little while, but it’s nothing that worries me too much,” he said.
“The one-day side is a tough side to tackle. Unless you pick two spinners, Adam Zampa has a race to start anyway.
“I have done everything I can in T20 cricket to make my case. I feel really confident in this format and I feel like I have shown my skills.”
Agar has captured 30 wickets in 27 T20Is, while capturing 10 scalps in 13 ODIs so far in his career.
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