Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar harbours no “ill feeling” after being sent back from the India Test tour without a game because he knows it’s “ruthless” in top-level cricket.
Agar had landed in India as one of the senior spinners in the Australian squad but returned home after not finding a place in the XI for the first two Tests.
The 29-year-old responded by picking up five wickets for Western Australia in the Marsh Cup final against South Australia.
“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 was quoted as saying 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 10 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.”
Agar has taken nine wickets in five Tests. “I don’t have a lot of cricket coming up. 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 said.