Weary Agar’s chance to reboot
PERTH Scorchers are confident all-rounder Ashton Agar will be fit to play a key role in launching their Big Bash League title assault in next week’s season-opener.
The fringe international, 25, has been rested from first-class duties this week.
Agar was the Scorchers’ most economical bowler last season, conceding just 5.74 runs an over.
He claimed eight wickets in nine matches and averaged 49.66 with the bat, bettered only by Tim Bresnan (50.00).
But a heavy travel schedule has taken its toll and he was given time off to spend with family in Melbourne, rather than play for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield clash against Victoria.
The left-arm spinner played in England during the northern hemisphere summer and has since toured with both Australia and Australia A.
Agar will return to Perth with his WA teammates on Tuesday. He is expected to be picked for the BBL opener against Melbourne Renegades at Marvel Stadium on Thursday week (December 20).
“He came back and showed some signs of fatigue last week against NSW and he’s just been struggling,” WA and Scorchers coach Adam Voges said yesterday.
“He’s been away from home for a long time now and we just felt that the best case for him and us was to give him a week away from the game.
“Hopefully he’ll freshen up and be better for it.”
Agar has played only two T20 internationals and two matches for WA since returning from the Australia A tour of India in September.
“We made the decision and we think it’s in his best interests, but certainly in ours as well,” Voges said.