Inexperienced’s absence creates a headache in balancing the aspect and each the gamers referred to as into the squad present completely different routes.
Agar, who performed the latest of his 4 Assessments in 2017, may bat at No. 7 and companion Nathan Lyon in a twin-spin assault ought to the SCG pitch, which has taken flip at varied occasions this season, look dry for the Take a look at.
He would doubtless have made the Take a look at aspect in Sri Lanka earlier this yr if he had not suffered a aspect pressure throughout the limited-overs leg. His call-up now additionally places him in prime place for a spot on the India tour in February the place a left-arm fingerspinner is considered as a key element.
“Ashton provides a second spin choice ought to the Sydney pitch be conducive to show, because it has carried out up to now,” selector Tony Dodemaide mentioned. “He additionally brings a stable batting element.”
Within the final two years Agar has solely performed three first-class matches which have introduced seven wickets, largely attributable to being a daily in Australia’s white-ball set-ups. He has been most popular forward of legspinner Mitchell Swepson, who performed in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and the uncapped offspinner Todd Murphy.
If Australia go for a extra conventional steadiness then Renshaw, who has 11 caps and final performed in 2018, may slot into the center order. His versatility was famous by Dodemaide and would doubtless see him bounce forward of Marcus Harris who has been the spare batter within the squad all through the Take a look at summer time.
“By way of quick bowlers, it is a blessing to have Josh returning whereas Lance provides a real level of distinction along with his uncooked tempo and talent,” Dodemaide mentioned.
Australia squad for Sydney Take a look at vs South Africa Pat Cummins, Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Matthew Renshaw, Steven Smith, David Warner