Marsh One-Day Cup 2019
WA confident concussed Agar will play Marsh Cup final
Allrounder confirmed to have suffered low-grade concussion after gruesome head knock, but Western Australia hopeful he'll be right to face Queensland in domestic 50-over decider
18 November 2019, 05:27 PM AEST
Western Australia are confident Ashton Agar will be available for next week's Marsh One-Day Cup final against an Usman Khawaja-led Queensland despite the allrounder suffering a minor concussion over the weekend.
Agar's head was a bloodied mess when he left Karen Rolton Oval in WA's nail-biting victory over South Australia in Adelaide on Sunday after slipping and being hit in the face by a ball hit by his own brother, Redbacks fast bowler Wes Agar.
In addition to requiring stitches to repair the deep laceration to the bridge of his nose, the elder Agar has also suffered a low-grade concussion but his coach Adam Voges was optimistic his key spinner would be right to face the Bulls next Tuesday.
"He's in good spirits, he's got a bit of a headache and he'll go and get a few stitches now," Voges said on Monday. "We're certainly hoping he'll be okay to go for the final.
"There's a protocol he'll have to go through. He'll need to recover over the next few days and get himself right before he can return to training. That will take as short or as long as it needs to.
"But having gone through a similar experience a couple of times, I'd be pretty confident he'll be okay to go."
Cricket Australia are yet to confirm the venue for the Marsh Cup final but with the Gabba off limits due to the first Domain Test, it's expected Allan Border Field will host it.
WA could welcome back Cameron Bancroft for the decider, with the opener selected in the Australia's Test squad to face Pakistan but is expected to miss the final XI, which would give them close to a full complement of players to pick from.
Queensland will be without Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne and potentially fringe paceman Michael Neser due to Test duties, while Sam Heazlett remains sidelined due to injury.
The Bulls demonstrated on Monday they'll be formidable foes after sewing up top spot with a four-wicket win over Tasmania at Blundstone Arena.
Captain Khawaja will be their trump card, having shaken off his omission from the Test squad to continue his dominant domestic 50-over campaign with a composed unbeaten 86 from 128 balls to steer his side to victory.
"It was very similar to green wickets you play on in England," the left-hander said on Fox Sports of the Blundstone Arena pitch. "I haven't played on a wicket like this in Australia in a while.
"They left a lot of grass on it, so it was a different challenge. It's still made for an exciting game.
"Looking forward to it (the final), a home game – can't wait."
Voges admitted the margin of Sunday's win over SA (six runs) was far closer that he would have liked after a stunning century from Callum Ferguson (127 off 125 balls) nearly pulled off a miraculous one-wicket triumph before Jhye Richardson trapped him lbw for the match-sealing wicket.
A vital rearguard knock of 86 off 78 balls from prodigious young WA allrounder Cameron Green, playing as a specialist batter as he manages a back injury, proved decisive.
"I thought Cameron Green was outstanding," said Voges. "He showed a lot of maturity for a 20-year-old and get us to a competitive total.
"He's started his career really well… He's earning his spot.
"His back is recovering really well. Whether we see him back with ball in hand soon, we'll wait and see but he's earning his spot as a batsman in his own right."