Agar pleased to see Warner get TV role

Ian McCullough
Ashton Agar is glad to see David Warner commentating on Australia's ODI with England at Cardiff

Ashton Agar says he's delighted banned former vice-captain David Warner's been given the chance to commentate on Australia's ODI against England at Cardiff.

Warner, who is serving a 12-month suspension following the sandpaper gate incident in South Africa, won't be travelling to the UK, with his role being as a TV analyst from a studio in Sydney.

However, Agar, who'll play only his fifth ODI in Australian colours in the series opener at The Oval on Wednesday, said he's pleased the controversial opener is in the right head space again following the huge fall-out from the incident in Johannesburg in March.

"I only became aware yesterday," Agar said.

"For him as a person that's a great thing to be back around cricket.

"He would have been mentally really hurt by that, his family would have been hurt, everyone was hurt.

"So for him to be back around the game he loves is only good."

Former Test skipper Ricky Ponting linked up with the squad on Sunday in a consultancy role and Agar said the presence of one of the world's finest ever batsmen has been a huge fillip for an inexperienced squad.

"It's awesome. You've got Justin Langer as a coach and Ricky Ponting around as well," he said.

"It's a pretty scary combination and we're really proud to have them here, and it's an absolute privilege for us.

Two legends of Australian cricket with the wealth of knowledge.

"Everyone just wants to hear Punter speak, and it's the same with JL.

"Everyone just wants to listen to them talk and we can't get enough of them."