Former Australian wicket-keeper batter, Adam Gilchrist opines that the team management has been insulting Ashton Aga during the India tour. Agar, the left arm off-spinner did not play the first two Test matches, despite being picked in the original squad. Australia decided to hand debut caps to Todd Murphy in the first Test match beside Nathan Lyon and then Matthew Kuhnemann in the second Test match.
Kuhnemann was flown out to Australia to replace Mitchell Swepson, who flew back home for the birth of his first child. Talking about the same during a chat with the Australian radio channel SEN, Adam Gilchrist said, “But it’s a pretty big insult that I know from touring and being on a lot of tours, you felt that if you’re picked on the tour in a broader squad – unless it’s a pretty extreme like for like that has to come in – you generally expected the guys that were first reserves to step in.”
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He further added, “So that’s a bit of a body blow for him I would imagine. I haven’t spoken to him. It’ll be interesting to see what he does, whether he’s brought into contention.”
The former keeper further added that Ashton Agar might be on a flight back home.
Adam Gilchrist predicted, “There’s been murmurings that he might be on a flight home because he might feel like he’s surplus to requirements over there and I can understand why, without being in the camp and knowing the finer details of why he wasn’t picked.”
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Gilchrist was of the opinion that Matt Renshaw would be dropped in the remaining two Tests as he looked out of place in the two Test matches that he batted in. Adam Gilchrist said that he was shocked with the way Australia performed because he backed the Pat Cummins side to win in the subcontinent.
Adam Gilchrist elaborated, “I backed this team to win over there, I thought they had all the tools and the mindset and the experience to get it done. But it’s been a bit surprising as to how it’s unravelled pretty quick.”