Really tough anytime you don't get selected when you've been playing well: Agar

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03 Nov 2021 | 08:59 AM staff

Really tough anytime you don't get selected when you've been playing well: Agar

Agar is Australia’s top-ranked T20I bowler but still didn’t feature in their first two encounters of the showpiece event

Australian left-arm spinner Ashton Agar said his team has moved on from a resounding 2021 T20 World Cup defeat against England and wants to focus on the remaining two encounters against Bangladesh and West Indies, which will be played on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

Australia will have to win their remaining two games and then hope South Africa lose to England if they want to qualify for the knockouts. South Africa (+0.742) have a better NRR than Australia (-0.627) and it will be difficult for Aaron Finch's men to leapfrog the Proteas in this department.

"It was very brief. It was about just moving on, putting what happened behind us and focusing on the games in front of us. Purely thinking about the two games we have to win … that helps you move on from the England game," said Agar about the squad's first debrief after a eight-wicket hammering.

“Everyone knows what they have to do. We've got plenty of guys who have played a lot of cricket, played a lot of tournaments and understand the game well.”

Agar is Australia’s top-ranked T20I bowler but still didn’t feature in their first two encounters of the showpiece event. He did play against England and was the only bowler who stood his ground against Jos Buttler. The left-arm spinner operated at an economy of just 5.6 in a game where England chased down 126 in 11.4 overs.

Despite a solid outing, Australia are once again considering to play Mitchell Marsh against Bangladesh at the expense of Agar. “It's really tough anytime you don't get selected when you've been playing well," the left-arm tweaker said.

"But when it's based around match-ups or conditions you understand it's being part of a really strong squad and doing what's necessary for that game, for those conditions, and that's how we'll go about our business.

"It's not necessarily being 'dropped' it's more about being not selected for that specific game. (But) you do everything you can to help your mates out there because it certainly takes a squad to win these tournaments."

The Australia v Bangladesh will be an afternoon game and Agar feels that might work in his and Adam Zampa's favour. "It (dew) maybe greases up the wicket a little bit, so the ball comes onto the bat a bit nicer.

"For the spinners, maybe (playing in the day) will help. Zamps and I feel like we can exploit those conditions pretty well."

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