'Felt sick': Ashton Agar floored after fielding mishap

Chris Young
Sports Reporter

Ashton Agar had to be helped from the field during Sunday’s Marsh Cup clash between WA and South Australia after he was hit in the face attempting to field a shot.

The former Test bowler was struck by the ball after it was hit down the ground by his brother, Wes Agar

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Wes sprinted down the pitch to check on his brother, who fortunately escaped serious injury but was left with a bloodied face and potential mild concussion.

It took several minutes for Ashton to be able to be taken from the field, but the orthodox spinner reportedly cut a cheerful figure in the rooms after the game.

Speaking to The Advertiser, Wes said he had felt ‘sick’ after watching his brother go down.

“I was pretty rattled at that stage,” he said of seeing the hit transpire.

Ashton Agar was left worse for wear after misfielding a ball hit by his brother Wes, during the Marsh Cup. (Photo by Mark Brake/Getty Images)

“Luckily he is all good but at that point I didn’t feel very good at all. It looked really bad and I was just worrying about his health, nothing else.

“I ran out of my crease to see him because it didn’t look good and I didn’t feel great.”

Fortunately for Ashton, the Western Australians go the last laugh over the Redbacks, claiming a six-run win.

‘Gay slur’ at centre of Aussie quick's Test cricket ban

The Test ban handed to Aussie fast bowler James Pattinson reportedly centred around a homophobic slur he directed at an opposition player.

Pattinson admitted he was "gutted" after being suspended on Sunday for player abuse, ruling him out of the first Test against Pakistan this week with skipper Tim Paine saying he had let down the team.

The paceman was found guilty of breaching Cricket Australia's code of conduct during Victoria's Sheffield Shield game against Queensland last week.

It was not clear what he said, but the governing body characterised it as "personal abuse of a player while fielding".

The Australian said it allegedly involved a homophobic slur.

Given it was his third breach in the past 18 months, the incident triggered a one-match suspension, although he could have been slapped with a similar penalty for serious abuse even with a clean record.