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Ashton Agar joins race to be back home

Australia’s hopes of reclaiming Border-Gavaskar Trophy evaporated after back-to-back defeats in Nagpur and Delhi

Reuters New Delhi Published 23.02.23, 03:13 AM
Ashton Agar at practice before the Delhi Test

Ashton Agar at practice before the Delhi Test Getty Images

Ashton Agar is the latest Australia player to head home from their shambolic tour of India but will link up with the squad ahead of the one-day leg next month, the touring side said on Wednesday.

Australia’s hopes of reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy evaporated after back-to-back defeats in Nagpur and Delhi, both of which came inside three days.

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Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood has returned home without playing a match and off-colour opener David Warner departed after suffering concussion and a hairline fracture in his elbow in the second Test.

“With Ashton, he’s worked incredibly hard when he was here,” Australia’s selector on tour Tony Dodemaide told reporters. “He’s done his absolute best to support the team. We don’t doubt that. We acknowledge all the work that he has done here — really trying his backside off.”

“It’s an opportunity for Ashton to get some valuable game time.”

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