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'Spinners Playing A Massive Role'

13 January 2018

Ashton Agar celebrating a wicket against the Adelaide Strikers // Getty Images

Perth Scorchers match-winner Ashton Agar says it is a welcomed change to see spinners making a significant impact across the KFC Big Bash League after years as the competition's whipping boys.

Agar was named Player of the Match in yesterday's top of the table blockbuster against the Adelaide Strikers, taking 3-19 and making 26 not out to help the Scorchers record a crucial win and return to the top of the ladder.

The left-armer is one of five spinners inside BBL|07's top 10 most economical, full time bowlers, while three sit amongst the top 10 wicket takers.

Agar's influence has been pivotal in bolstering the Scorchers' bowling attack since the call-up to international duties of Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye and he said the rise of the spinners had been significant across the competition.

"It's always nice to contribute with bat and ball to get a really good win," Agar said.

"The Strikers bowled quite well and got it quite close, but it was a good win.

"I was happy with the pace of the ground and it probably made the wicket look a little slower.

"The pace of the wicket was actually really good - there wasn't a lot of pace in it, but not a lot of spin, either - so it was nice to play on a bit of a slower outfield.

"I think you're seeing a lot of spinners, especially leg spinners, doing really well this season.

"That's good to see, with the spinners sort of bouncing back against the batters, who have hit quite a lot of sixes in the past.

"Spinners are playing a massive role and quite a few of them can hold the bat as well, so it's quite an important position in the team."

Saturday's win over the Thunder was punctuated by several individual highlights, one of which was an acrobatic catch by Mitchell Johnson at backward square leg off Agar to dismiss Jake Lehmann.

Agar said his conversation with Johnson at the innings break had been another reminder of the camaraderie the Scorchers share.

"It was a great catch," he said.

"I said to him in the innings break that it was a really good catch and he said to me he felt like he was in the backyard again taking a hanger one-handed into the pool.

"It's great to hear a bloke as experienced as Mitch talk so freely and happily about the game and we're glad to have him in the side.

"I think (that win) is really special.

"Our depth has really been tested and, unfortunately, we didn't have our skipper this game because of over rates.

"People have just had to step up and they've filled those roles so nicely.

"I think it says a lot about our group - it's a really easy group to fit into - and it's like going out there with a bunch of your mates who you know full-well are backing your skills in.

"We're pumped with everyone's performances this year."