Former Australian Test opener Justin Langer has regarded the 21-year old Ashton Agar, who has earned a surprise recall to the Test side, as the most natural player with the bat since legendary Adam Gilchrist. 

Agar, who hit 98 runs on his Test debut against England while batting at number 11 (the most by any player at this position), showed the world what he is capable of and since then, he never doubted his ability to make it big at the international level. 

Langer said:

“He’s a brilliant fieldsman. He’s as natural a talent as I’ve seen with the bat since Adam Gilchrist.

“When he learns how to make runs and he starts thinking like a batsman rather than a tail ender, he’s going to be a fantastic talent.”

Agar has been added to the squad for the Sydney Test that gets underway on January 6th. On his chances of playing the Test, Langer admitted that if he gets selected, then it’ll be Ashton Agar as the all-rounder because there is no place in the side for a spinner ahead of the offie Nathan Lyon. 

“I think Nathan Lyon’s doing a fantastic job. If the wicket’s dry as it has been in the past at the SCG, I’d certainly look at it [playing two spinners].

“Having said all that, it would be almost unlike the Australian way to go with two spinners in a Test match.

“They might play him like an all-rounder like we have. We bat him at No.7. We are trying to give him every opportunity to develop into a really good all-round player,” Langer added. 

 

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