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Drinks-man Agar confused about omission

Spinner Ashton Agar and paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile are disappointed by what they call the vague communication they've received from the national set-up.

Drinks-man Agar confused about omission

Spinner Ashton Agar and paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile are disappointed by what they call the vague communication they've received from the national set-up.

ASHTON AGAR during an Australian nets session at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
ASHTON AGAR during an Australian nets session at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Was Ashton Agar left out of Australia's ODI squad for not running out the drinks well enough?

The simple answer to that question is no.


Agar says player communication from the national set-up in recent times has become fairly vague, and he has sarcastically questioned his drink-running abilities after his ODI axing.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and Agar were among the notable omissions from the 14-man ODI squad for the three-match series against India.

Coulter-Nile was left out as a precaution after experiencing recent back soreness.

But the 31-year-old claimed his omission came before scans revealed there was no problem.

Coulter-Nile, while continuing to play for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL, labelled the communication process as poor.

Agar was also left confused by his omission.

The 25-year-old was part of the 14-man squad for the recent 2-1 ODI series loss to South Africa.

But he failed to play a game in that series, meaning he never had a chance to prove his worth.

And when selectors opted to add Nathan Lyon for the series against India, as well as retaining Adam Zampa, it meant there was no room for Agar.

Agar has been left in the dark as to what parts of his game he needs to work on to win back his spot.

He said the communication in the past had been much better.

"Recently, it has been pretty vague, to be honest," Agar said on Monday.

"Pretty much it was just that Nathan Lyon is bowling really well and Zamps gives us a legspinning option.

"But I guess that probably had nothing to do with me as such.

"I got told pretty much just keep trying to get better. I guess I mustn't have run the drinks well enough last time, because I didn't really get a crack at that before."

Agar's omission means he misses out on a key chance to push his case for selection ahead of this year's ODI World Cup in England.

The left-arm spinner will have to prove his worth through the struggling Perth Scorchers, who sit last on the table with just one win from six games.

It's a rare position for the three-time champions, who have never missed the finals.

The loss of Jason Behrendorff, Mitch Marsh and Jhye Richardson to ODI duties for coming BBL matches means the Scorchers face a huge battle to get back into the finals race.

"We just have to play with no fear now," Agar said ahead of Wednesday night's clash with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.

"We have to play like we've got nothing to lose."

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