Ashton has so far turned almost as many heads as he has turned cricket balls. At the age of 19 he has a place in the squads of Western Australia, the Perth Scorchers, and most recently the national team.
Having been upgraded from an internship to a more expansive role in Michael Clarke’s squad on the 2013 tour of India, Ashton was sensationally selected for his debut in the First Test of the 2013 Ashes Series at Trent Bridge.
Ashton has the pedigree and the physical attributes to suggest his left-arm spin will be successful, impressing many on his first-class debut for WA against New South Wales at Blacktown Oval. He had been Australia’s second spinner behind Ashton Turner at the 2012 Under 19 World Cup, but developed quickly in Perth after moving across from Victoria, where he was raised and played his junior cricket.
In recognition of Ashton’s outstanding debut Sheffield Shield season where he was selected in the Sheffield Shield Team of the Season, he was selected in the Australia A squad to tour England and Scotland through June and July. In three matches Ashton impressed selectors claiming seven wickets and a half-century resulting his prompt elevation to the touring Ashes squad as a development player.
2014 was again another year of triumphs. Ashton Agar celebrated his 21st birthday with a man-of-the-match performance to help Western Australia rally for a 28-run victory over Tasmania at North Sydney Oval during the ryobi one day cup.
Australian cricketing veteran Shane Watson showed his enthusiasm towards Ashton’s future.
Agar, he said, was “built for the international stage’’.
An intelligent, considered young cricketer, Ashton has also aspired to a career in law, though a degree with Deakin University has been deferred due to his burgeoning cricket commitments.
Selected in the Australia A squad
Highest International Test Match score in history from a number 11 batsman
Highest partnership for the tenth wicket (with Phillip Hughes)
First player to ever score a half-century as a number eleven batsman on debut
Sheffield Shield Team of the Season
Australian Team – Under 19 World Cup
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