Australia’s 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar in frame for Tests

Feb 15, 2013

Melbourne: He is all of 19 and has an accumulated experience of just two first-class matches but teen spinner Ashton Agar could get a Test debut for Australia in the upcoming four-match series against India starting February 22 in Chennai.

Agar, who has played just two Sheffield Shield matches for Western Australia, has been told to stay in Chennai for the second warm-up game against India A starting tomorrow.

Ashton Agar. Getty

Ashton Agar. Getty

He was originally scheduled to be back in Australia today after the practice match against Board President's XI. Chairman of selectors John Inverarity said Agar could be in for a longer stay in India.

"The plan at the moment is that he returns in time to play for Western Australia but there is a possibility that he could stay a bit longer," Inverarity told 'The Western Australian'.

The left-armer could be drafted into the Australian Test squad as the second spinner after offie Nathan Lyon even though the more experienced duo of Xavier Doherty and Glenn Maxwell are in the running for that spot. Agar bowled well in the drawn first practice match -- a two-day contest in Chennai -- claiming 1-27 from eight overs.

"We needed someone to make up the XI and it was a very good opportunity to invest an opportunity in a promising young player," Inverarity said.

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