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Agar reacts to his sudden departure to Australia in the middle of the series

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Ashton Agar five-wicket haul led Western Australia to a 181-run victory over South Australia in the Marsh Cup final. Agar’s performance showcased his value as Australia’s second-choice white-ball spinner, and his form bodes well for their World Cup aspirations.

On his departure to Home

“[They] felt I wasn’t bowling as well as I needed to be,” Agar said after the Marsh Cup final as he reflected on his departure from India. “It’s a very clear direction for me now to just work on it and improve.

“I harbour no ill will or ill feeling at all. I’m very well supported in that (Australian) camp and they’ve kept in constant communication with me, so it’s all in a good place.

“I’ve been a professional cricketer for ten years now, so I’m far more resilient than when I started. It’s a tough game, it’s a ruthless environment, and that’s how it should be because it’s the pinnacle of the sport.”

Ashton Agar who has not performed well in Test matches, with only nine wickets in five matches. He did not take any wickets in a match against South Africa in January. Because he plays for the Australian national team in limited-overs matches, he has not played much for Western Australia in the longer form of the game (Sheffield Shield), and his average is not very good. There is another spin bowler in Western Australia, Corey Rocchiccioli, who has been playing well in the Sheffield Shield, taking 24 wickets in eight matches. This has increased the competition for the spin bowler position in Western Australia’s team.

Agar is ambitious to play ODI World Cup

“I don’t have a lot of cricket coming up. I’ve chucked my name in the ring for The Hundred… I would like to play cricket in the winter. But the next big target is the World Cup.”

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