Australian spinner Ashton Agar was embroiled in a tense change with umpire Paul Reiffel in the course of the first ODI towards England at Adelaide Oval on Thursday afternoon.
Within the twelfth over of England’s knock, No. 3 batter David Malan flicked a brief supply from Agar in the direction of mid-wicket, prompting the Australian to chase after the ball, operating throughout the crease and bumping into non-striker Sam Billings.
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Reiffel was not impressed with the 29-year-old, instantly interjecting and telling Agar: “Mate, you possibly can’t simply hold operating throughout the wicket.”
Agar responded: “What do you imply? I’m attempting to anticipate the ball.”
Reiffel continued: “He despatched that to mid-wicket, mate. You’ll be able to’t — you’re getting in the way in which.”
Whereas returning to the highest of his mark, Agar was overheard on the stumps mics muttering: “For f***’s sake”.
Australia opted for 2 strike spinners for Thursday’s sequence opener towards England, dropping skilled paceman Josh Hazlewood in favour of Agar.
The West Australian completed with 0/62 from his 10 overs, taking two regulation catches and operating out Liam Dawson with a direct hit from level.
However Agar’s best second within the subject got here within the forty fifth over when he saved 5 runs with an ‘unbelievable’ piece of fielding on the boundary rope.
England centurion Dawid Malan slapped a Pat Cummins brief ball in the direction of deep mid-wicket, the place Agar was perched on the rope.
The tweaker leapt within the air and caught the ball with an outstretched hand, solely to flick the Kookaburra again into play earlier than touchdown over the boundary.
It could not have created a wicket, however Agar‘s athleticism surprised the Fox Cricket commentary workforce.
“That’s loopy, that’s loopy,” Australian legend Adam Gilchrist stated.
“That’s trendy cricket at its best, what a play from Ashton Agar.”
Former Australian batter Mark Waugh continued: “That‘s an unbelievable little bit of fielding.”