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Ashton Agar is looking forward to returning to Test cricket with the aim of playing in Asia, where Australia has three tours scheduled for the 2022/23 WTC cycle. Agar is confident and plans to work on exploiting footprints, something that has been a recipe for success for left arm spinners.
Australian spinner Ashton Agar is confident he will perform in Test Cricket for Australia in the 2022/23 World Test Championship, where the kangaroos have planned three tours of the subcontinent.
Agar made his Test debut against England in 2013, where he claimed then England skipper Alastair Cook’s wicket as his first Test wicket. Since then, Agar has only played in four Tests for Australia, with his last match against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
27-year-old Agar, who was part of the Australian Test squad that toured Bangladesh in 2017, aspires to return to the Test side and believes that if he deserves a recall he will benefit from the experience which he acquired in Asia four years ago.
“I’ve learned a lot and been through a lot since then (in 2017). I’ve got a little more courage to go out and try different things, almost like playing in the backyard and stuff. suddenly you get the idea in your head that ‘this might work’ and you just do it,” Agar told cricket.com.au.
“You don’t worry about what it looks like or what happens when it goes wrong. You just think ‘What happens when it goes right?’ That’s how I feel right now, trying to do that in the Test arena on a spinning field. That would be great fun,” Agar continued.
While non-Asian parties have struggled to achieve results in the subcontinent for the past decade, something that has clicked for most parties is the effectiveness of left-handed spinners. Steven O’Keefe, Ajaz Patel and Keshav Maharaj have all had impressive performances in the subcontinent, while the most recent England’s Jack Leach tormented India. All the spinners mentioned above followed a simple plan to keep it straight forward, and Agar is eager to do the same, focusing on exploiting the rough and threatening the batters.
“It just helps if you have someone who turns away from the bat and someone who turns in, or someone who always turns away. It’s more challenging for the batsmen,” Agar said.
“There are always footprints in different places and you want to have someone who always has them in play. You need to have a much greater problem-solving ability when you’re there because you have a much wider range (of delivery options) to choose from. I try to be That left arm spinner,” Agar added.
Agar made his debut for Australia in red ball cricket, but of late has become a staple in limited overs cricket, with his #8 T20I bowling ranking as a testament to his quality in the shortest format. A test recall may be in the offing, but the left arm spinner is realistic about his expectations, content with where he currently stands.
“I never tried to be Nathan Lyon. My chances for Australia started in red cricket, but now they are coming in white cricket too – I think that definitely matters,” Agar said.
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