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Agar wants Test spin spot, not allrounder

AAP logoAAP 8/11/2016 Scott Bailey and Matt Encarnacion

Ashton Agar hasn't shut the door on being the solution to Australia's allrounder problem, but says he wants to focus on being a frontline spinner first.

The 23-year-old holds a healthy average of 32.50 with the bat from his two Tests in 2013, but that's skewed by his famous 98 on debut at No.11 against England.

And while his name has been thrown around as a possible allrounder option as his West Australian teammate Mitch Marsh continues to struggle with the bat, Agar said his main priority was perfecting his left-arm orthodox bowling.

"My aim is to be a genuine allrounder but I want to contribute really well with the ball," he said.

"Talking about a Test chance it's hard to tell, but at the moment it looks like if it was going to come it would be as a spinner.

"I've still got work to do before that happens and I've still got to put consistent performances across the board and bowl really well."

Agar claimed 10 wickets in the Warriors' Sheffield Shield loss to NSW at the weekend, the second such haul of his career.

However, outside his career-best match figures of 10-141, the fixture also represented a significant step in his development as an allrounder as he elevated to No.5 in the Warriors' batting line-up.

"I loved that and I've been working hard towards that," he said.

"That was really good that extra responsibility - I think respond well to that."

"I want to be the spinner for Western Australia first and foremost but I also want to play a big role with the bat."

Agar's development as a spinner in Australia is an unusual one, given he's grown up on the paceman's paradise at the WACA.

However, he believes it's something he's learnt to use to his advantage.

"It probably makes me a better bowler because you don't get away with anything there," he said.

"Hopefully, it will make me a more mature bowler and more accurate."

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