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Sport Agar out, Aussies bowl in World Cup opener

13:26  23 october  2021
13:26  23 october  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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Australia have left Ashton Agar on the sidelines for their Twenty20 World Cup opener against South Africa in Abu Dhabi, where Aaron Finch has opted to bowl.

Ashton Agar has been left out of Australia's side to play South Africa at the T20 World Cup. © Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS Ashton Agar has been left out of Australia's side to play South Africa at the T20 World Cup.

Coach Justin Langer decided to squeeze Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins into Australia's XI, meaning Agar was the unlucky spinner to miss out on a spot in the attack.

Adam Zampa and Agar have both regularly featured in Australia's first-choice XI in the format during recent years.

Agar is sixth on the International Cricket Council's T20 bowling rankings, making him Australia's top-ranked bowler.

Aust spinners ready to show they stack up

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Finch said after winning the toss it was a "brutally tough" call to leave Agar and Kane Richardson out of the side.

It is the first time Test quicks Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins have played together in a T20 for Australia.

This is the seventh edition of the men's T20 World Cup, with Australia still searching for their first title.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood

South Africa XI: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (capt), Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi.

England thrash Australia by eight wickets at T20 World Cup .
England took a massive stride towards the T20 World Cup semi-finals by making a real statement of intent with an eight-wicket thrashing of old rivals Australia. Both sides came into this Super 12s contest having started their group campaigns with two wins but England claimed a hat-trick and now have one foot in the knockout stages after Buttler's supreme 71 not out from just 32 balls.The opening batter's display followed another outstanding collective effort with the ball and in the field, with Chris Jordan hitting top form with three for 17 as an unusually subdued Australia stuttered to 125 all out.

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