Australia international Ashton Agar suffered a nasty injury in his nose in Western Australia’s Marsh One-Day Cup clash against South Australia on Sunday after dropping a catch. Incidentally, the ball was hit by his own brother at the Karen Rolton Oval.

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However, Western Australia won the close encounter by six runs after Nathan Coulter-Nile stopped South Australia to 246 runs with a five-wicket haul. Previously, batting first, WA had posted 252 runs with Cameron Green returning as the highest run-scorer with 86 runs.

Rated as one of the better fielders in the country, Ashton Agar ran around to attempt a straightforward catch off his younger sibling Wes Agar at mid-on but slipped and copped the ball right between his eyes. With blood on Agar’s face, teammate Jhye Richardson signalled for medical assistance as Wes immediately ran over to check on his brother’s well-being.

Ashton Agar. Credit: Twitter

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The all-rounder, meanwhile, walked off the field after receiving some treatment holding a rag to his head. Wes Agar admitted the incident shook him but was heartened after speaking to his brother post-match.

“He slipped over and the ball hit his glasses and the glasses split him open,” said the 22-year-old fast bowler. “The doctor wanted to stitch him up, but he just got engaged so he said he’ll leave it to a plastic surgeon. I was pretty rattled … It looked really bad. I was just worrying about his health. I wasn’t thinking about anything else, I just ran out of my crease to go see him. I didn’t feel great, but thankfully he’s okay,” he added.

Ashton Agar didn’t take any further part in that game and his return to the cricket field is one yet confirmed. It will certainly be a halt in his bid to return to the international set-up as they began their long home summer.