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Agar joins 'poor communication by selectors' chorus


SELECTION DRAMA

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Agar has taken a swipe at the national selectors © Getty

Ashton Agar, the Australian all-rounder, has joined the chorus alongside Nathan Coulter-Nile accusing the national selectors of not having proper communication with him.

The slow left-armer, who was a part of the ODI side for the South Africa series, was left out as the selectors opted to go with Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa against India. “Guess I mustn’t have run the drinks well enough last time, because I didn’t really get a crack at that before,” Agar said, taking a sarcastic dig at the selectors.

Agar, who was a part of the three-match series that Australia lost, didn’t get a chance to feature in the eleven in any of the games. The omission at this stage puts his chances of making his case for a World Cup spot in a jeopardy.

“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.”

Agar’s comments come only a day after Coulter-Nile had claimed the Australian selectors had dropped him for having a sore back even before he had undergone scans for his troubled back. He had further added that there was no clear communication from the end of the selectors regarding his omission for the one-dayers against India.

However former players Shane Warne and Mark Waugh – also a selector till recently – blasted the players for using poor communication as an easy excuse.

“What they do need to focus on is just playing,” Waugh said on Fox Cricket. “If you score runs and wickets at first-class level, normally the rest will look after itself.

“I think the players, if they get too caught up on why they’re not in the team or they’re feeling unlucky about selection and not being in there, that’s when they lose focus on what they should be doing.”

Warne shared the junior Waugh’s sentiments and added, “Runs and wickets is what it’s all about, too many excuses being thrown around. The player knows – I think it’s time for some tough love not rested and cuddled.”

The comments from the former cricketers came soon after Greg Dyer, Australian Cricketers Association’s president, had taken up the issue regarding the communication gap. Warne, however, didn’t entertain his request and said, “Greg Dyer, I think it’s time for you to move on.”

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