Ashton Agar’s cricketing career has come to a full-circle. The 29-year-old all-rounder made his international debut in the longest format way back in 2013, against England in Nottingham. Ever since, Test appearance have come few and far in between, with the Western Australian just adding three more Test caps to his feather.
However, with the injury to Cameron Green and a pitch that could certainly see spin playing a role – in Sydney – Agar stands a chance to make his red-ball comeback in Australian colours. But even before the Sydney encounter, the left-arm spinner has his eyes on the ultimate prize – a place in the playing XI for the tour to India – something that he holds close to his heart.
“It is in my mind. I love watching the Test matches over there, and I think playing Test match cricket in India is something I’ve always wanted to do,” Agar told Sydney Morning Herald.
“It’s the most exciting cricket to watch on TV because the wickets have been wild recently. They’ve been spinning sideways, and I imagine they’ll spin a fair bit over there as well. It’s a tour I’d love to go on, but we’ll just wait and see what happens,” he added.
Agar is all set to replace the injured Green in the playing XI, and most likely it would require the left-hander to bat at No.7, a position that he is quite confident about.
“I feel like if I do come in I’ll be batting around that No.7 mark, which is really cool, that responsibility is really nice, it’s something I’ve been doing for Western Australia and I think it’s something that makes you play better to be honest,” Agar said.
“Any time you bat in four-day cricket you have time, particularly at No.7, there’s always enough time. All anyone wants is enough time to make 100, that’s every batter’s dream. I got close once, so it would be nice to do that.”
The all-rounder also had a say on Lance Morris, the 24-year-old Western Australian, who could make his debut as Mitchell Starc’s replacement in Sydney, calling him ‘ready’ for the international level.
“I’m pumped for that. He’s (Morris) an animal, an absolute weapon to be honest. He’s six-foot-three, a rooster, bowls 150km/h, I think everyone would love to see him in the Test team, and he’s good enough to be there as well.”
“He’s pretty special, and I’m sure he’ll do really well if he gets a shot.”