Australia have made a thumping start to their long home season beating Sri Lanka in the first Twenty20 Internationals. As the coming matches prove to be a preparation ground for all the team for T20 World Cup, Aussies skipper Aaron Finch wants all-rounder Ashton Agar to flourish in the finisher’s role.
Agar, who averages 13.66 with the bat from 16 T20Is, is some way short of all-rounder status. He was named to bat at seven against Sri Lanka but didn’t get an opportunity after sheer dominance from the top-order. Aaron Finch and David Warner added 100+ runs for the first wicket before Glenn Maxwell excelled with the bat to post 233 runs.
Finch admitted that Ashton Agar is working really hard to develop his batting skills and be a force to reckon with in the shorter formats. The Aussie skipper feels Agar can be a good option as an all-rounder where they need to field to two spinners according to the conditions.
His batting’s still developing,” Finch told reporters in Brisbane. “Something that he’s been working on is becoming that real finisher towards the back end of an innings in T20 and in one-day games.
“So if he can keep developing that, it’ll give you a lot of options to play that second spinner or go with four quicks, or if there’s another all-rounder that comes in,” he added.
Furthermore, Aaron Finch said he wanted his batsmen to be ready to play anywhere in the order according to match situations, to make the team more competitive when they host the T20 World Cup next October.
Australia are currently the eyeing the No 1 spot in T20 Rankings which is currently held by Pakistan. The Aussies play Pakistan in a three-match series next month.
“I think at all times, you’ll see four or five guys in the sheds with their pads on,” said Finch. “To be really flexible as a middle order, prepared to go in at any stage, is important to catch teams off guard. If you’ve got left and right-hand combinations, there’s a few options there, so it’s a nicely balanced side at the moment,” he concluded.