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Agar's Indian internship to continue in England

Daniel Brettig

February 14, 2013

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Ashton Agar in follow-through, Queensland v Western Australia, Sheffield Shield, Brisbane, February 2013
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Ashton Agar will add English experience to his current Indian internship with the Australian Test team after being chosen as one of six AIS scholars to spend the northern summer at Hampshire's academy.

Swiftly gaining a reputation as one of the most promising spin bowlers in Australia, Agar was sent to India as a developmental member of the squad for the early days of the tour, and claimed a wicket in the recently completed warm-up match in Chennai.

He is now set to spend more time bowling to Australia's batsmen in the nets in England during their Champions Trophy and Ashes assignments, while also spending time at Hampshire's Southampton training facility and playing league cricket.

Joining Agar will be the Victorian allrounder Alex Keath, another West Australian spin bowler in Ashton Turner, plus the batsmen Scott Henry (NSW), Travis Head (South Australia) and William Bosisto (WA). The national talent manager Greg Chappell said the Hampshire experience would add greatly to the young players' poise.

"This year's squad of scholars includes players that were part of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup squad as well as some new young talent and experienced first-class cricketers," Chappell said. "It is exciting that six of these young players, largely from our 2012 Under 19 program, will have the opportunity to go over and spend six months in England linking up with the Hampshire Cricket Club.

"The players heading to England are talented young cricketers who will benefit greatly from the exposure to the different conditions they will see over there. They will also link up and train with the Australia A side, as well as the ODI team during the ICC Champions Trophy and the Test squad ahead of the Ashes."

Mitchell Marsh, meanwhile, is among the 12 chosen to hone their games in Brisbane. Marsh was kicked out of the Centre of Excellence last year for disciplinary reasons. Joining him will be Pat Cummins, Gurinder Sandhu and Adam Zampa, among others.

"The AIS scholars based in Brisbane will be fortunate enough to spend a considerable amount of time during the winter working with the Centre of Excellence staff in specialised training programs," Chappell said. "The pace bowlers will also get to spend some time with one of Australia's greatest pace bowlers, Glenn McGrath, at the MRF Pace Foundation in India, while the spinners and batsmen will head to Sri Lanka to experience the different conditions the sub-continent brings.

"This is a very exciting program for these young cricketers and is part of CA's plan to develop and expose the next generation to conditions and challenges they will face when they play on the international stage."

Hampshire Scholars: Alex Keath (Victoria), Ashton Agar (Western Australia), Ashton Turner (WA), Scott Henry (New South Wales), Travis Head (South Australia), William Bosisto (WA)

Brisbane Scholars: Adam Zampa (NSW), Billy Stanlake (Queensland), Gurinder Sandhu (NSW), James Muirhead (Victoria), Joel Logan (Northern Territory), Joel Paris (WA), Kurtis Patterson (NSW), Mark Steketee (Qld), Mitchell Marsh (WA), Pat Cummins (NSW), Peter Handscomb (Vic), Sam Whiteman (WA)

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Posted by Optic on (February 15, 2013, 20:58 GMT)

@ James_Murphy lol What are you about 12 years old, since when did Anderson have to bowl 145ks to get wickets, you should have learned last time that it's not about pace in the slightest, it's about swing, seam and accuracy, Even the likes of Steyn don't bowl over 140ks and Philander under 130kph. But just in case we need someone to crank it up, we've got a 6ft8 proper fast bowler who bowls 90mph+ consistently. By the way Pattisnon isn't no way near a consistent 145kph+ bowler, watched every test he's played and he might get the odd delivery around there if he's lucky but he's around 140 at best. He showed what he bowled in the one day series in England a few months ago, he was around 85mph at best, straight up and down. Anderson bowls that but swings it both ways, late and at will. Oh yes KP is really worried about fast bowling , the dude thrives on it and has smashed far better attacks than yours around, including you're own superior Warne McGrath one.

Posted by Optic on (February 15, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

@John Verdal No they don't, as was proved in when they came here for the one day series & the last Ashes just because they've had to bring in guys when players are injured doesn't mean they have a better bowlers, they have a lot of average bowlers and one or two good ones. Aus will be no doubt going in with a very similar attack to the one last time with Siddle, Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Harrris but with Starc who's been inconsistent in test so far and Patttinson who has been injured most of the time. The fact is they've needed to find bowlers because they can't keep their fast bowlers on the park for two minutes. England have got bowlers who haven't bowled in test cricket yet better than a lot those names you've mentioned, hazlewood, sayers, faulker, richardson come off it.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

hey FFL, Macgill, Benaud, Hogg, Turner bring any memories back??? there's more I can mention, just remember mate, you poms didn't have a spinner for a long time until you found Swann....

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

australia have better fast bowlers than england. pattinson, siddle, starc, bird, harris, johnson, cummins, hazlewood, sayers, faulker, richardson, etc will be very handy agaisnt england. england on the other hand depend a lot on anderson. bresnan, finn and broad.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2013, 2:11 GMT)

ashton agar will be playing in this year's ashes series. he is miles better than doherty and lyon combined together. adam zampa and ashton agar should have been picked in india.

Posted by Beertjie on (February 14, 2013, 18:16 GMT)

Good to see Patterson being looked after, too. Hope Holland can make the A team in England. All should pay off by Ashes 2016!

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (February 14, 2013, 14:36 GMT)

Hmm..not bad. Some proper spinners seems to have finally sprouted up for Australia. If the Australians truly want to be a better team they should take good care of them. In my opinion they should allot the spinners for each format. The way its going maybe Agar for ODIs(more economical, crafty) & Zampa for tests(after 2 or 3 seasons of domestic cricket)? I'm afraid Doherty will be dumped as soon as the Champions Trophy is over where he will in all probability fail. Agar can be introduced into ODIs after that.

Posted by James_Murphy on (February 14, 2013, 13:33 GMT)

FFL don't worry about our spinners. Wont need them for you lot. Have you seen Starc bowl lately??. He will be unplayable in England conditions. Add Pattinson Bird and Siddle to the mix and id be surprised if england make 350 in any Ashes innings. Starc and Pattinson are 22 and bowl 145. Good luck Pietersen. Anderson at 130ks hardly a scary proposition. Ashes domination to resume its rightful place.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 14, 2013, 12:17 GMT)

A spinner from Australia? Whose name isn't Warne? Really? Wow, I'll believe that when I see it.

Posted by Yarms on (February 14, 2013, 7:51 GMT)

India should take a leaf out of Australias book. Instead of thrusting our promising talent into the IPL they should be sent to other countries like England, Aust and SA to play high level club cricket to learn their trade in different conditions. When you look at the great teams of the past such as the WI in the 80's and Aus in the 90's and noughties many of them spent time playing in professional leagues in Eng and elsewhere. Brovo Aus.. Great forward thinking!

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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