Ashton Agar is keen to improve his at bat and become one of Australia’s finishers at the Twenty20 World Cup in India next year. The all-rounder has been eye-catching with bat and ball in England so far, even though Aaron Finch’s men are two behind in the T20 series of three games in Southampton. Agar has picked up four wickets at an admirable economic rate, coming in with a 20-ball knock of 23 of number seven in Sunday’s loss. Since settling in the T20 side for the past year, the 26-year-old has excelled with the ball, but would like to win more games for his country with the bat.
“Yes, it is certainly a role that I have found that if I can fit into that pit, I can really help the team,” said Agar, who hit 98 at number 11 during his Australian test debut at Trent Bridge in the 2013 Ashes. .
“It’s a tough role and one that I really need to improve because it’s very important at the end of the innings to get 10 to 15 extra runs out of that position with the minimum number of balls.”
Jos Buttler didn’t score 77 out of 54 balls in the second T20 in the Ageas Bowl on Sunday to guide England to a six-wicket victory.
Australia will not face Buttler in the final game of the series after applying for leave to be with his family, but he is expected to return Friday for the first of three one-day internationals at Old Trafford.
“He’s out of the bubble for whatever reason,” Agar said.
“I hope everything is okay, but he’s probably their best hitter in whiteball cricket right now, so it’s certainly an advantage for us.
“He can hit the ground anywhere – spin bowling, he can sweep, swipe back, hit the covers – so it’s hard to bowl.”
If Australia lost again on Tuesday, England would be the number one ranked team in T20s.
Off-spinner Agar admitted that the team is “very proud” at the top of the rankings, but is eager to win every game they play.
“It’s a shame and it really hurts to lose the series, but we look around the locker room and know we are a really good team and a good T20 team,” he said.
“If we win a few more of those little moments, it shows that we are super competitive against the best teams in the world.”
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