Weary Agar’s chance to re­boot

Sunday Herald Sun - - Cricket - SHAYNE HOPE

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.

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