Ashton Agar ruled out of second Test

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Ashton Agar’s hopes of an Australian Test recall in Sri Lanka are over after failing to recover from a side strain.

Agar was ruled out of the second Test on Saturday morning with Australia bringing Jon Holland into their 17-man squad.

He had been considered a serious contender to play in the Sri Lanka despite not featuring in a Test since 2017. He was hurt in Australia’s opening one-day international three weeks ago.

Agar’s absence means Mitchell Swepson will likely keep his spot when the second Test starts on Friday. Leg-spinner Swepson claimed three wickets in the first innings of the opening Test and two in the second as Australia posted a 10-wicket win.

“I was really happy with Swepo,” Australia captain Pat Cummins said. “A couple of key breakthroughs in the first innings and then [on Friday], top order wickets. Really valuable.  (ESPN)