Australian Test skipper Pat Cummins has stated that Ashton Agar is almost set to be selected for the next tour of India in February and March.
Australia’s cricket squad will visit India in February 2023 to compete in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The four World Test Championship Test matches will pit Australia against Rohit Sharma’s team, which defeated South Africa in the Test series by 2-1. According to the WTC final standings, the series is anticipated to be a pivotal match.
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Agar, a key member of Australia’s white-ball squads, returned to the Test field in the third and final match against South Africa at the Sydney Cricket Ground to begin 2023.
Given his inconsistent performance with the red ball and the great Sheffield Shield form of spinners like Todd Murphy, among others, his selection was somewhat unexpected.
After more than 100 overs were delayed owing to rain in the third Test, which finished in a draw, Agar eventually took the field. Australia decided to field just two quick bowlers in addition to the spin pair of Nathan Lyon and Agar.
In contrast, Nathan Lyon bowled 55 overs in the same amount of time, Josh Hazlewood bowled 28 overs, and Pat Cummins bowled 31 overs. Despite struggling throughout the game, Agar finished with combined stats of 0 for 58 from just 22 overs.
“It wasn’t an audition at all”: Pat Cummins
In the final test, Australia chose Ashton Agar above Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc because they were still recovering from their injuries. Agar, a left-arm spinner, failed to pick up a wicket during the game, but Pat Cummins believes he will be necessary for the Indian series.
“Ash will be there, a left-arm orthodox … he’ll absolutely be there. It wasn’t an audition at all (for the India tour). This wicket’s a bit different from India, it wasn’t really spinning out of the middle of the wicket,” Pat Cummins said.
“An Indian wicket sometimes really breaks up, even from the middle of the wicket, and a left-arm orthodox becomes a bit more effective against right-hand batters. I thought he did really well,” Pat Cummins added.
Australia’s squad is anticipated to be named this week, with the first Test starting on February 9 in India.