Bears Profile: Ashton Agar

An intelligent, considered young cricketer who had a remarkable rise to prominence. Tall left-arm spinning all-rounder Ashton Agar has signed for Birmingham Bears for this summer’s Vitality Blast.

When aged just 19, the talented spinner had a place in the squads of Western Australia, Perth Scorchers and the Australia national team.

In the summer of 2013, the teenager was included in the team for the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2013 and his debut was an unforgettable one, coming in at no.11 to strike an astonishing 98.

He capped a memorable match by picking up Sir Alastair Cook as his maiden victim and thus becoming the first teenager Australian spinner to take a Test wicket.

Of Sri Lankan background and possessing a frame 187cm tall, Agar has the pedigree and the physical attributes to be successful as a left-arm spinner.

Since making his international debut, the Twenty20 format has appeared where he is most comfortable amid Perth Scorchers’ recent Big Bash League success.

In total, he has made 42 BBL appearances since making his debut in 2014, claiming best figures of 3-19 and with an economy rate of just over 7.

He played his part in two title winning campaigns in 2014/15 and 2016/17, showing his considerable talent not only with the ball, but also with the bat and in the field.

He memorably pulled off a screamer of a catch against the Sydney Sixers at the SCG in 2014, before another stunner against Adelaide Strikers in 2015.

Agar has previous experience in the Vitality Blast after appearing for Middlesex in 2018, playing six matches and taking nine wickets, including career-best figures of 3-17.

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