Agar revelling in return to Aussie side

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Two months between matches had Ashton Agar feeling briefly lost, but the left-arm offspinner has quickly settled in far north Queensland before a blockbuster few months for the Australian side.

Agar departed the June-July Sri Lanka tour before their final Test, succumbing to a side strain injury.

It was a cruel blow for the 28-year-old who previously missed the tour of Pakistan earlier this year after catching COVID-19.

But he has been picked for the forthcoming T20 World Cup squad on home soil, starting October 16, and is eager to get overs under his belt before the busy summer schedule.

Taking one wicket in his first ODI appearance since June on Wednesday, Agar said there was a brief feeling out period against Zimbabwe.

"Always feels weird playing out in the middle when you haven't played for a while," Agar told reporters in Townsville.

"You sort of lose your bearings a bit like getting to your run up and get into the crease.

"Once you're out there and you get the first few balls out of the way, it's a real sense of freedom. It was really nice to be back."

Agar and Australia's one-day team have wrapped up their series with Zimbabwe with one game remaining after five and eight-wicket wins at Riverway Stadium.

Ahead of Saturday's final fixture, and a looming series against New Zealand in Cairns, Agar said they'll look to sweep the East Africans quickly and clinically.

"It's a no-brainer on this pitch to get out there bowl first and try and rock-and-roll a team as fast as you can and get the job done," he said.

"A lot of people want us to bat first, but I think we'll try and be as ruthless as possible. It's good preparation."

Saturday's final ODI against Zimbabwe begins at 9.40am AEST before the Aussie's move further north and begin their three-match series against the Black Caps on Tuesday.