Last Update on: February 19th, 2018 at 02:26 pm
Australia’s left-arm spinner Ashton Agar said that he is prepared for the final against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday (February 19) of the ongoing Trans-Tasman Twenty20 International Tri-nation series which also included England as the third team.
The Kangaroos return to the ground after they pulled-off a record T20 international chase against the Kiwi’s on Friday night.
Australia chased down 244 to win the match by five wickets. They have enjoyed an unbeaten run in the T20 tri-series and were the first team to qualify for the final of the series.
Australia will face hosts New Zealand in the final of the short-paced tournament.
Recalling the record-breaking match, Agar said that he will be prepared for the upcoming final on a small ground like Eden Park. The spinner accepted that the previous match at the ground was one of the toughest matches he played in.
Ashton Agar gave away 24 runs in three overs and picked up one wicket.
He said, “Number one, absolutely. I’ve played against a few players that have hit me for plenty of sixes before in T20 cricket but I’ve never played on a ground like this. Especially Munro [and Guptill] – they’re trying to hit you for six every ball. So, it was pretty interesting.”
“I’d accepted before the game that if I get hit, I’ve just got to turn around, keep a smile on my face and try my best the next ball, and that’s how the whole team went about it,” Agar remarks.
New Zealand booked a spot in the final of despite losing to England by two runs in Hamilton.
Agar, on the other hand, is aware that the Kiwi batsmen will take the attack to him again in the final. He said, “We might be able to go about it a little bit smarter. But some people are going to get away to a flyer here. You just look at how short it is straight – you’re on the ring and you feel like you’re on the fence. It’s a really unique ground and things are going to happen differently here.”
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