I would like to play cricket in winter, but next big target is World Cup: Ashton Agar

Ashton Agar's 5 for 64 was instrumental in Western Australia's 181-run win in the Marsh Cup final.

By CricTracker Staff

Updated - 09 Mar 2023, 10:48 IST

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Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was back in his element as he grabbed a five-wicket haul in the final against South Australia as Western Australia looked poised to successfully defend their Marsh Cup championship. Although he was unable to get his brother Wes Agar out, he managed to stump Spencer Johnson to secure the 181-run victory, setting up celebrations among the WA players and a sizable crowd of 2700 spectators.

Agar proved why he is the second-choice white-ball spinner for Australia behind Adam Zampa after South Australia (SA) got off to a quick start chasing a huge total of 388 and looms as a key player in their World Cup plans later in the year. Frustrating the SA batters with his accuracy, he finished with 5 for 64, his best ever Marsh-Cup numbers.

After the humiliation of returning from Australia's Test tour without being chosen, it was a much-needed boost for Agar. Agar was overlooked for selection after struggling in India and was replaced by Murphy and Kuhnemann after travelling to India as Australia's second spinner behind Nathan Lyon.

Australian spinner Ashton Agar opens up about the Marsh Cup Final and his departure from India

"I felt I wasn't bowling as well as I needed to be. It's a very clear direction for me now to just work on it and improve," Agar said after the Marsh Cup final as he reflected on his departure from India as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
"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," he added.
Agar will head back to India for the ODI series, and he also stated that.
"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", he concluded.
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