IND vs AUS: “There’s Nothing That Stresses Me Out Too Much” – Ashton Agar After Reaching Home From “Hard” India Tour

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Ashton Agar. (Photo: Twitter)

In spite of being passed over for selection in favour of an untested spinner for the second Test, Western Australian all-rounder Ashton Agar believes he is “not resentful.”

Ashton Agar, who was chosen for the Australian team but not for the opening two Test matches in Nagpur and Delhi, returned to Perth from India on Wednesday.

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It’s Been Pretty Hard For Me Recently: Ashton Agar

“To be honest, there’s just no bitterness around this stuff anymore. I think that’s quite an old-school mentality,” Agar told 10 News.

“Obviously it’s not an ideal situation but you just try and make the best of it. I think, I’m 29 now and I’ve been through plenty of ups and downs in the game. I’m in a fortunate position so there’s nothing that stresses me out too much.”

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Once fellow left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, who was not included in the original touring group, was brought in to play in the second Test, Australian selectors came under fire for how they handled Ashton Agar.

“It’s been pretty hard for me recently to be fair,” Agar said. “I’ve played maybe three red ball games in three years. It’s hard to expect that part of my game to be tip-top, perfect shape.

“I’ll always compete as hard as I can and I’ll always give as much as I can to a team… I just tried to front up as best I could with a smile on my face and be part of a team. Going to India, it’s really hard. Individually, it’s really hard and it’s bloody hard as a team, particularly against that (India) team at the moment – they are unbelievable in foreign conditions that we don’t get to face too much.”

Ashton Agar will be available for the next two Marsh One-Day Cup games played by Western Australia before heading back to the subcontinent for the upcoming One-Day International series. Agar stated that he will keep his “chin up” in the interim.

“I think controlling my attitude has been a strength of mine over the last few years, I’m certainly enjoying my cricket a lot more because of that,” Agar said.

“You definitely bounce back a lot quicker from setbacks.”

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