The Ashes: The world according to Ashton Agar

Maybe it is because he's primarily a bowler, or more importantly thinks of himself as a bowler first, that Agar could be as blithe about his century-on-debut-that-almost-was.

updated: July 17, 2013 15:29 IST
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After Shane Warne. Those three words might be the biggest albatross that Australian spinners from 2007 onwards have had to bear around their necks.

A succession of men have come, been measured against one of the greatest spinners in the game's history, unsurprisingly found wanting, and then continued to struggle. Initially, every new Australian spinner excited no little curiosity. Beau Casson, Bryce McGain and the like were eagerly awaited - and it sometimes seemed, just as eagerly obituarised once they failed.

Until finally, the group of spinners Australia took along with them on tours became sideshows, with an exciting, if highly injury-prone, crop of fast bowlers emerging. Consequently, when the Australians arrived in India before their four-Test series earlier this year, the inclusion of Ashton Agar didn't exactly send scribes and fans hunting for his biography. He was a teenager, a left-arm spinner - and that was about it.

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