Ashton Agar will be missing the remainder of India series after injuring his finger while attempting to stop the ball on the boundary during the third ODI. The Western Australia spinner will now be returning home and the injury has put his participation in the domestic summer in doubt.
After sustaining the injury, Agar left the ground to have the damaged digit strapped and later returned to complete his quota of overs, but the Cricket Australia has confirmed today that he will miss the rest of the series and will return home for further assessment. Team doctor Richard Saw stated that surgery may be required, putting the 23-year-old’s participation for the start of the home summer in doubt.
"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," Dr Saw said in a statement released by Cricket Australia.
The injury is an ill-timed blow for Agar, who regained his spots in both the Test and ODIs in recent weeks. However, CA hasn’t announced any replacement for him, which means leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who was surprisingly dropped for the Kolkata ODI, is likely to make a return to the playing XI for the final two matches of the series.
Agar had made a return to the Test side in Bangladesh last month and played his first ODI in more than two years last Thursday when he replaced Zampa for the second match at the Eden Gardens. The spinner picked up the wicket of Virat Kohli yesterday, although he was targeted by big-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who hit him for four sixes.
Selectors are also yet to announce a replacement for Pat Cummins for the T20 leg of the tour after they announced that the paceman would return home at the end of the ODI series in order to rest ahead of the Ashes.
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