Blossoming Australia bowler set to be key asset for Finch at T20 World Cup

Jordan Carlisle March 10, 2021
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Blossoming Australia bowler Ashton Agar is set to be a key asset for captain Aaron Finch at the T20 World Cup in India later this year.

Agar has taken some time to establish himself at international level.

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His debuts in Tests, ODIs and T20Is came in 2013, 2015 and 2016 respectively, but he has just 50 appearances under his belt in total and until recently, had only shown flashes with both ball and bat.

The 27-year-old’s displays in a recently-completed T20I series against New Zealand suggest he has finally got his game to where it needs to be, though.

Ashton Agar set to be key Australia asset at T20 World Cup

Agar didn’t make much of a splash in the first two fixtures but he produced stunning figures of 6/30 to earn the Man of the Match award in the third game and impressed further in the final two clashes.

The left-arm orthodox dominated with the new ball in the fourth match – taking two wickets and conceding just one boundary from his four overs – while he kept things under control early on in the decider, even if Australia would eventually go on to lose.

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Agar will never be a massive turner of the ball, but he showed plenty of guile and control and if he can have such a big impact in New Zealand, he’s set to be a major asset for skipper Aaron Finch at a World Cup held in the subcontinent.

Spin will be crucial in the tournament and most teams are likely to open with a slow bowler from one end.

The competition is still seven months away and there’s plenty of international cricket to be played and planning to be done before it arrives.

However, after his showing against the Blackcaps, Agar’s name will already be pencilled into Australia’s World Cup XI.

If he can replicate his recent form and the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Finch and David Warner fire with the bat, the Aussies will feel they have a chance of taking the West Indies’ crown.

Jordan has been working for GRV Media since 2018, after completing a Media and Journalism postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow. Brought up in Belfast, he has a passion for writing and has followed British and European football avidly all his life.