Agar rise continues in role for tour party
Ashton Agar. Pic: Getty Images

Teenage West Australian spinner Ashton Agar is set to fly to India this week to help the Australian squad prepare for the Test series starting later this month.

Agar and 10 members of the Test squad will spend an extra week in Chennai to acclimatise before the first Test, starting on Friday, February 22.

The imposing left-arm orthodox, who has impressed national and State selectors since replacing injured Michael Beer in the WA team, will be used as a net bowler and may play in warm-up matches next week.

He will be available for WA's Sheffield Shield match against Queensland, starting at the Gabba today, and is expected to be back in Perth in time for the double-header against Tasmania later this month.

Agar has taken five wickets at 19.80 in his two one-dayers. He starred with 3-103 and 10 and 34 not out in his recent Sheffield Shield debut against New South Wales.

Three members of the Australian team that beat the West Indies at the WACA Ground yesterday - batsmen Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja and wicket-keeper Matthew Wade - will be part of the advance party to India.

They will be replaced by the returning Shane Watson and veteran Brad Haddin for the remaining three one-dayers and sole Twenty20 match against the West Indies.

Pacemen James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird, opener Ed Cowan, all-rounders Moises Henriques and Steve Smith and spinner Nathan Lyon will also head to India this week.

The rest of the Australian squad - captain Michael Clarke, Watson, left-arm quicks Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc, spinner Xavier Doherty, spin all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and injured opener David Warner - will join them next week.

WA batsmen Adam Voges and Shaun Marsh, who have been in strong form in recent weeks, could not force their way into the national one-day team.

They could play in the final international match of the summer, the T20 against the West Indies at the Gabba on Wednesday week.

The West Australian

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