Agar OK with lack of white-ball cricket

Ashton Agar hasn't played a 50-over game since March but says the lack of white-ball cricket won't hurt him if given the chance against India.

ASHTON AGAR.
ASHTON AGAR. Picture: Jason McCawley/Getty Images

Ashton Agar won't bemoan a lack of white-ball cricket as he attempts to force his way back into Australia's 50-over side without being able to push his cause in domestic cricket.

Agar is set to fly into Sydney on Sunday and join Australia's limited-overs squad, after fulfilling his Sheffield Shield commitments and serving a two-week quarantine in Perth.

The 27-year-old was a fixture of Australia's teams in both white-ball formats last summer, but has not played a one-day match since March in South Africa.

Agar describes that as "forever ago ... when the world was a little bit more normal", having missed out on 50-over selection on the tour of England and only played in the Twenty20s since.

He is also a realist ahead of next week's three-match ODI series against India, with three T20s to follow.

He accepts he is far more of a regular in the shortest format, given Australia's tendency to play only one spinner at home in one-day cricket.

He hasn't been able to push his cause for the ODI series with a lack of local competition due to COVID.

"Yeah I haven't played white-ball cricket for a little while, but that's nothing that worries me too much," Agar told AAP.

"The one-day side is a hard side to get into. Unless you're going to pick two spinners, Adam Zampa has a run of it at the start anyway.

"I've done everything I can in T20 cricket to push my case. I feel really confident in that format and feel like I showcased my skills."

Likewise, Agar is confident if he gets his shot in either of the white-ball formats he won't be underdone.

The spinning allrounder has proved a valuable tool for Australia in T20s, going at less than a run-a-ball in his six games on home soil last summer.

And while being inactive for a long period in the short format, he is more than ready to step back into the toughest arena for bowlers.

"I think I bowled about 150 overs in three Shield games," Agar said.

"I bowled on some wickets that were absolute highways.

"Trying to think batsmen out on really good wickets actually holds you in good stead going into an ODI and T20 series."