As the Falcons prepare to face Birmingham Bears at Edgbaston, we take a look at one of the opposition’s key men: Ashton Agar.
Having top-scored with 41 in the Bears’ victory over Leicestershire on Sunday, Agar is a handy option for Birmingham with the bat as well as the ball.
Having burst onto the scene as teenager, smashing 98 on his Ashes debut against England while batting at number 11, Agar,25, remains in the Australia setup.
He featured for Australia A in the 50-over Tour fixture against Derbyshire at The Pattonair County Ground in June, while he also played in Derby during a Second XI T20 for Warwickshire earlier this month.
A valuable spin option, along with Jeetan Patel, Agar joins a bowling attack that also contains the likes of Henry Brookes and Fidel Edwards, who is on-loan from Hampshire for ten of the Bears’ Vitality Blast matches.
Agar has played in 72 T20s throughout his career, scoring 714 runs at an average of 19.83, while he has claimed 47 wickets with career-best figures of 3-17, which he picked up in last-year’s Vitality Blast for Middlesex against Hampshire.
Internationally, he has played 15 T20s for Australia, where he has averaged 13.66 with the bat and 32.90 with the ball, while his nine ODI appearances have garnered 144 runs at an average 20.57, and a further eight wickets.
The Falcons will face Birmingham Bears on Wednesday 24 July, before the clash with East Midlands Rivals, Notts Outlaws, at The Pattonair County Ground on Friday 26 July, 7pm start.
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