Australia spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar on Saturday (November 21) said the experience of outthinking batsmen on “really good wickets” during the recent Sheffield Shield would help him outsmart Indian batsmen in the upcoming home series.
The 27-year-old Agar had featured regularly for Australia in both the limited over formats last summer before missing out on the ODIs during the England tour in September, but he has now returned to the squad for both the three ODIs and as many as T20Is against India starting on 27th of November.
After completing his duties in the Sheffield Shield, the all-rounder underwent a two-week quarantine in Perth.
Ahead of the series opener, Agar is hoping his experience in the fast few weeks on the “absolute highways” will help him in the India series. He took 10 wickets in three games for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.
Agar was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au, “I bowled about 150 overs in three Shield games. I bowled on some wickets that were absolute highways. Trying to think batsmen out on really good wickets actually holds you in good stead going into an ODI and T20 series.”
The spinner hasn't featured in any ODI game since March in South Africa, but he isn’t worried about the lack of game time and is hopeful of pushing his case.
He explained, “Yeah, I haven't played white-ball cricket for a little while, but that's nothing that worries me too much. The One-day side is a hard side to get into. Unless you're going to pick two spinners, Adam Zampa has a run of it at the start anyway.”
Agar – who has taken 30 wickets in 27 T20Is, while has 10 scalps in 13 ODIs so far in his career, signed off by saying, “I've done everything I can in T20 cricket to push my case. I feel really confident in that format and feel like I showcased my skills.”