Sydney, Apr 19 (ANI): Young Australian spinner Ashton Agar has reportedly come into contention for the berth of the second spinner in the yet to be finalised squad for the back-to-back Ashes series.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the uncontracted left-arm spinner from Western Australia is well-placed to be named as a back-up to Nathan Lyon for the campaign in England.
Although the report said that Agar, who had claimed 22 first-class wickets at 29.40 in six games during his debut season, is not yet firmed for the Ashes squad, it added that the teenaged spinner has shot ahead of Xavier Doherty, who was outclassed on spinning tracks in the recent India Tests.
The report also said that Agar is tall, which is an advantage for finger spinners, and is regarded as a good package on account of his smart fielding and lower-order batting, which yielded two half-centuries.
The report further said that Agar, who was picked up by the Western Australia team ahead of a fit Michael Beer at the end of the domestic season, was also elevated to Test contention in India, where he was sent by the selectors to gain work experience.
Meanwhile refugee leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed remains high on the selectors' agenda but he cannot be picked before August 18 unless his passport and citizenship are expedited by the federal government, the report added. (ANI)