Tall with dark features and a big smile, Agar wouldn't look out of place on the pages of a magazine, instead of at the end of his long run up on the cricket field.
Agar was born into a cricketing family. His father, John, was a fast bowler, and he was born the youngest of three brothers. His oldest brother, Ashton, has played Test cricket for Australia as a spin bowler and his other brother Will is a left-handed batsman who plays grade cricket. Agar chose to follow in his father’s footsteps and became a fast bowler. Agar played Victorian Premier Cricket for the Monash Tigers, also known as the Richmond Cricket Club, making his first XI debut for the club at the age of sixteen. Double stress fractures in his back interrupted his 2014–15 season, but he was still able to win a premiership with the Tigers’ second XI. During this stage of his career he did not have the pace in his bowling or the physical build to reach higher success. Agar moved to South Australia in 2015 to seek out more opportunities. He joined Adelaide University’s grade cricket team. Agar had to work part-time on a dairy farm to earn enough money to stay in Adelaide. Despite still being only a teenager, he rose to prominence, increasing his bowling speed to as high as 130 km/h. This made him the second fastest uncontracted bowler in South Australia at the time
Agar was selected to play for South Australia in the under-19 national championships and took ten wickets at an average of 22.60, including an impressive 5/37 against Tasmania. His form through the tournament meant that in December 2015 he was named in Australia’s squad for the 2016 Under-19 Cricket World Cup. Agar’s form in the 2015–16 season brought him to the attention of both national and state selectors. During the 2016 winter he was included in the 17-man National Performance Squad to train for two months at Australia’s Centre of Excellence, and he was given a rookie contract with South Australia’s state team. Agar made his first-class debut in 2019, for South Australia. In consecutive List A matches in late 2019 he took 5 for 69 against Queensland and 5 for 40 against Western Australia. He continued to impress for South Australia throughout the Sheffield Shield, ending the season with 33 wickets in eight matches at 24.21, the equal-second most in the competition. Agar also translated this form to the BBL for the Strikers. His impressive domestic season across all formats saw him named the 2020 Bradman Young Cricketer Of The Year and South Australia’s MVP award.
Beach, Fashion, Friends and Family
Hopefully one day if I’m successful enough, I can be a role model to young kids
A dedicated TLA UK website will be launching next year.
Sign up below to know more
In the meantime, visit our dedicated TLA UK page