Australia faces another setback as the left-arm spinner Ashton Agar has been ruled out with fractured finger and not available for remaining matches in the on-going ODI series in India. The visitors has already lost three matches in a row with two matches remaining. Agar is all set to fly back home and will consult with a specialist to determine if needs a surgery.
The incident happened when Agar putting in a dive to stop a Rohit Sharma pull shot from reaching the boundary in the 17th over of India’s chase in the third ODI in Indore on Sunday. Physio arrived immediately and taken him off the field, Agar spent time off the field. Later on he returned to bowl, now he is out of the tour.
“Ashton injured his right little finger whilst fielding in the match last night,” said by Australia’s team doctor Richard Saw. “Following the conclusion of the match he went for x-rays which have confirmed a fracture of the finger. He will return home to Australia and consult a specialist with a possibility of surgery.”
Ashton Agar has played two tests against Bangladesh in Bangladesh just before the India tour. Agar was warming the bench in the first ODI in Chennai, as Australia gave a preferences to the leg-spinner Adam Zampa. After Zampa’s poor show in that match, Agar came into the equation and got his chances in last two matches in Kolkata and Indore. Agar bowled at an economy of around 6 runs per over in both matches and picked a wicket in each innings. Now, Steven Smith would go back to Adam Zampa for the remainder of the series. Zampa who possesses a good IPL record, expected to be back with an impressive spells.
The home side India who leads the series 3-0, will faces Australia in 4th ODI in Bengaluru on 28th September and in the last ODI in Ranchi on 1st October, 2017.