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Wrist spinners will have a big role to play: Agar

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CHENNAI, Sept 15: Australia�s spin-bowling allrounder Ashton Agar today said wrist spinners will have a big role to play in the five-match ODI series against India starting here on Sunday.

Speaking about the impact of wrist spinners in limited-overs cricket, Agar said: �They (leggies) are a really valuable asset in limited-overs cricket because they can spin the ball both ways.

�When it is night time it can be harder to pick up the wrong�uns. In general, they are wicket-taking bowlers. They are good attacking options and can be hard to get away,� he told reporters here ahead of Australia�s training session.

Referring to his own teammate Adam Zampa and the two wrist spinners in the Indian line-up � Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Agar said, �I think they will have a big role in the series, to be fair. There are three of them at the moment. I think they can certainly put more on the ball.

�They don�t need more of the spin friendly wicket to spin the ball and they are all pretty clever, the three leg-spinners � Chahal, especially Zampa, with his slider and wrong�un, he�s got a lot of different balls and he knows when to use them. It will be Interesting to see how they play out.�

The lanky left-arm spinner said there was a possibility of him figuring in the playing XI along with Zampa.

�It all depends on the wicket. I guess Adam is obviously the frontline spinner in this squad and he has bowled really well in the IPL and previous tours. If the wicket permits, there may be a chance that both can play in the XI,� he said.

Agar, who made his Test debut in the 2013 Ashes against England and scored 98 batting at No. 11, said it was good to be back after a long time at the recent Test series against Bangladesh.

�I was so happy to be back. I felt a lot more calm and a lot more comfortable out there. It�s amazing what four years of experience can do and just a little bit of age in general. I was pleased with the way I performed. It was nice to finish on a high,� the 23-year-old Western Australian said.

It has been two years since he last played an ODI but Agar believes he is better prepared and can do well if given the opportunity. � PTI

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Wrist spinners will have a big role to play: Agar

CHENNAI, Sept 15: Australia�s spin-bowling allrounder Ashton Agar today said wrist spinners will have a big role to play in the five-match ODI series against India starting here on Sunday.

Speaking about the impact of wrist spinners in limited-overs cricket, Agar said: �They (leggies) are a really valuable asset in limited-overs cricket because they can spin the ball both ways.

�When it is night time it can be harder to pick up the wrong�uns. In general, they are wicket-taking bowlers. They are good attacking options and can be hard to get away,� he told reporters here ahead of Australia�s training session.

Referring to his own teammate Adam Zampa and the two wrist spinners in the Indian line-up � Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, Agar said, �I think they will have a big role in the series, to be fair. There are three of them at the moment. I think they can certainly put more on the ball.

�They don�t need more of the spin friendly wicket to spin the ball and they are all pretty clever, the three leg-spinners � Chahal, especially Zampa, with his slider and wrong�un, he�s got a lot of different balls and he knows when to use them. It will be Interesting to see how they play out.�

The lanky left-arm spinner said there was a possibility of him figuring in the playing XI along with Zampa.

�It all depends on the wicket. I guess Adam is obviously the frontline spinner in this squad and he has bowled really well in the IPL and previous tours. If the wicket permits, there may be a chance that both can play in the XI,� he said.

Agar, who made his Test debut in the 2013 Ashes against England and scored 98 batting at No. 11, said it was good to be back after a long time at the recent Test series against Bangladesh.

�I was so happy to be back. I felt a lot more calm and a lot more comfortable out there. It�s amazing what four years of experience can do and just a little bit of age in general. I was pleased with the way I performed. It was nice to finish on a high,� the 23-year-old Western Australian said.

It has been two years since he last played an ODI but Agar believes he is better prepared and can do well if given the opportunity. � PTI

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