The upcoming ODI World Cup, which is slated to be held completely by India for the first time, is anticipated to have a significant role for spinners.
The main players for the teams competing in the major tournament will be spin bowlers who can also contribute with the bat. In this sense, Australia had the benefit of having Ashton Agar, a spin-bowling all-rounder with about ten years of international experience, in their ranks.
The five-time winners, however, have been dealt a terrible blow as the 29-year-old has been ruled out with a calf injury with the World Cup starting in just one week.
Agar had been having calf problems for a while, at least to the unversed. Before the away series against South Africa, the left-arm spinner injured his calf during practice with Western Australia. He was there for the ODI portion of the tour but was absent for the T20Is against the Proteas. Agar was, though, removed from the game after the first round because of calf pain.
Now, Agar's news will be of significant concern to Australia, as they hope to win an ODI World Cup in the sub-continent for the second time. The Aussies will begin their World Cup campaign on October 8 in Chennai against India.