Another big blow awaits the touring Australian side as spin-all rounder Ashton Agar will be missing out on the remainder of the ODI series against India owing to a finger injury he incurred during the third matach in Indore on Sunday.
The 23-year old bowler fractured the little finger on his non-bowling hand while attempting to stop a ball on the boundary line during India’s 294-run chase at the Holkar Stadium.
Australian team doctor Richard Saw confirmed that surgery may be required, putting the left-arm spinner in doubt for the home summer with Western Australia.
In a statement, Dr Saw said, “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.”
Agar’s injury once again paves the way for Adam Zampa, who was replaced from Australia playing XI after a disappointing spell in the first ODI in Chennai. Zampa went for 66 runs from his 10 overs, including 24 off the 37th over of the Indian innings when Hardik Pandya hit the leg-spinner for a boundary and three sixes off consecutive deliveries.
After making his debut against England in 2015, Agar has just managed to play four ODIs and has managed to take four wickets.
Heading into the limited-over series aginst India, they were dubbed as ‘underdogs’ for the first time ever. And did they stand up to that tag. They suffered a 26-run defaet in the first ODI in Chennai in a rain-truncated encounter, then came a 50-run defeat in Kolkata, finally crumbling down a five-wicket loss at Holkar Stadium on Sunday. Not only have they lost their chances of a comeback in the series, but also are on the brink of a ODI whietwash. And then comes the news of Ashton Agar.
Team Australia will now be playing fro pride as they will take on the hosts in Bengaluru for the fourth ODI and then in Nagpur for the final match.