Australia vs Namibia Live Score, T20 World Cup 2024: Australia opt to bowl first

Australia vs Namibia Live Score, T20 World Cup 2024: Australia opt to bowl first

How psychologists, pain-scientists patched back Australia’s T20 specialist Ashton Agar to feeling OK, while cricket anchored his life

A week after 19-year-old Agar was pub-hopping with his Australia team-mates, he walked into his first Test with the team tottering at 117 for 9. Off the sixth ball he faced, he swivelled into a pull but the ball just about lobbed over the bowler. England seamers thought the short ball was the way to go. (ICC/X)

“What’s happening, mate? Am I the enemy now? I am just trying to help. You are always fighting me,” when Justin Langer, Western Australia’s coach, asked him one day in 2014, Ashton Agar broke down. “I don’t know. I have no idea. I don’t know.”

A game against Tasmania in Hobart. Agar bowled two balls, two good deliveries, but a “deep sadness” welled up in him. After another delivery, he felt a tear breaking out from his eye. He threw away the ball, got his hat from the umpire, walked out of the ground, and started to sob. (READ MORE)

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