Ashes: Ashton Agar recalled by Australia for final Test in Sydney

Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar took seven wickets in two Tests in Bangladesh on his return to the Australia side this year

Australia have called up left-arm spinner Ashton Agar for the final Ashes Test against England in Sydney.

The 24-year-old, who made 98 on his Test debut against England in 2013, has been added to the 13-man squad named for the current Test in Melbourne.

Agar has taken nine wickets at an average of 45.55 in four Tests.

The fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which traditionally favours spinners, starts on 4 January (23:30 GMT on 3 January).

Australia lead 3-0 in the series after the fourth Test in Melbourne was drawn.

Agar took 4-119 in his only Sheffield Shield match for Western Australia this season.

He played the first two Ashes Tests in England in 2013 but did not feature again until August, when he was recalled for two Tests in Bangladesh.

He is expected to feature in Sydney if Australia decide to play a second slow bowler alongside off-spinner Nathan Lyon.

Pace bowler Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series, missed the fourth Test with a bruised heel, but Australia are hopeful he will be fit for the series finale.

"I'm happy he didn't play here and do further damage, which he could have done on a pretty flat wicket," said captain Steve Smith. "Having said that, his reverse swing would have been pretty handy.

"When we look at Sydney, we'll turn up there and see what the wicket is. You don't know what you're going to get. One day it could be green, another it could spin. We've got all options there."

Australia squad for fifth Test: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Jackson Bird, Ashton Agar.

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