Ashton Agar, the Australia left-arm spinner, has joined Birmingham Bears for the whole lot of this season’s Vitality Blast marketing campaign, together with the knockout levels ought to the group progress.
Agar, 25, has performed 15 T20Is for Australia, and was a key member of the Perth Scorchers groups that received the Huge Bash League in 2014-15 and 2016-17.
He’s greatest remembered in England for his exceptional Take a look at debut at Trent Bridge, within the opening match of the 2013 Ashes, when he made 98 from No.11.
“I am thrilled to signal for Birmingham Bears for this yr’s Vitality Blast and to make Birmingham my residence for July, August and hopefully September!” stated Agar.
“While they missed out on qualification final yr, the Bears have been one of many prime groups within the Blast over the past 5 years and I’d like to play a lead position in bringing them again residence to Edgbaston for Finals Day this yr.
“Having performed at Edgbaston for Australia in final summer season’s IT20 in opposition to England, I’ve definitely skilled its environment and know simply how passionate the supporters might be. I am definitely trying ahead to having them behind us once we begin our Blast marketing campaign in July.”
Agar will be a part of up with the Bears squad forward of their opening Blast fixture on July 19, in opposition to native rivals, and reigning champions, Worcestershire Rapids. He’ll then stay out there all through the marketing campaign as they search to make a fourth look at Finals Day in six seasons.
“Ashton has received main T20 trophies and possesses high quality worldwide expertise,” stated Jim Troughton, Birmingham Bears’ first-team coach.
“Securing him for all the Vitality Blast marketing campaign bolsters our bowling assault and offers us a wonderful spin pairing with Jeetan Patel. Nevertheless, Ashton has additionally confirmed himself to be a really succesful and highly effective batsman who can clear the ropes, while additionally being a wonderful fielder.
“Along with having wonderful cricketers, it is essential that we have now the best characters taking to the sector for the Bears and, having performed alongside Ian Bell throughout Perth Scorchers victorious Huge Bash marketing campaign in 2016-17, we have now little doubt that he’ll put on the Bear with delight and be an amazing addition to the dressing room.
“Having now agreed phrases with Ashton, as a membership we want to thank New Zealand worldwide Colin de Grandhomme for his perspective and dedication to the Bears in our final two Vitality Blast campaigns and we want him each success within the sport shifting ahead.”