The Australian team are on the back foot after suffering back-to-back defeats in the first two Test matches of the four-match Test series against India. The Kangaroo batters have not been able to score runs in front of the Indian spin duo Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Even the Australian bowlers disappointed the fans and were ineffective in this series so far.
Meanwhile, former India bowler Harbhajan Singh mentioned the biggest mistake made by the Australian team in the first two Tests. He said that left-arm spinner Ashton Agar should’ve played the first game as he could’ve been effective on these surfaces. He said that the Kangaroos made a big mistake by playing two off-spinners.
“The Australian team looks slightly empty. Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar has been released. I think he should’ve played from the first game. He could have been a better option. Australia played two off-spinners, which was a big mistake. Agar is a talented bowler,” Harbhajan was quoted as saying by news18.
He’s done his absolute best to support the team: Tony Dodemaide on Ashton Agar
Meanwhile, the Australian team will be playing the third Test match without their regular captain and veteran fast bowler Pat Cummins starting March 1 in Indore, while the team management decided to send Agar back home to play domestic cricket. He made his return to the Test team after a long gap and ended up the series without even bowling a single ball.
Australian selector Tony Dodemaide defended the decision and said, Agar, has worked really hard and did everything to support the team in the net sessions as well. Agar returned to Australia to play in Western Australia’s next Sheffield Shield match on March 2 and the 50-over Marsh Cup final on 8 March. Australian star opener David Warner also left the series after getting injured in the second Test match, however, he is likely to return for the ODI series.
“(Agar) has worked incredibly hard, he’s done his absolute best to support the team. We acknowledge all work he’s done, he’s worked his backside off,” Australia selector Tony Dodemaide said.
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