Ashton Agar made a significant leap in his cricketing career when he transitioned from Melbourne to Western Australia. In a whirlwind six-month period during the 2013 season, he not only debuted for his state team but also made his mark on the international stage, becoming a household name. Although he had only participated in a handful of first-class matches, the 19-year-old Agar was selected for a spin-bowling mentorship during Australia’s tour of India. What followed was an unexpected debut in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, where he etched his name in history not with the ball, but with an astonishing 98 runs from the No.11 position, setting a new Test record and capturing the world’s attention.
After his memorable debut, Agar faced some ups and downs in Test cricket, but he continued honing his skills under the guidance of Western Australia and Perth Scorchers coach Justin Langer. From 2018 onwards, he became a regular member of Australia’s limited-overs squads. Known for his economical middle-overs bowling and his proficiency as a lower-order batsman, Agar became an essential asset in white-ball cricket, particularly in the fast-paced T20 format, where he established himself as the second spinner alongside Adam Zampa.
Leading up to the 2021 T20 World Cup, Agar had been a consistent presence in the team. However, during the title-winning campaign, he found himself on the sidelines, playing just one match despite his valuable contributions to the squad.