Northamptonshire County Cricket Club are delighted that Australian International Ashton Agar will join the Club for four Vitality Blast games.

Agar will join the Club after the completion of the T20 World Cup and will replace Sikandar Raza when he heads off on national duty for Zimbabwe in their series against India.

Part of Australia’s T20 World Cup winning squad in 2021, Agar brings a wealth of experience to the Steelbacks and is eager to be linking up with the squad towards the back end of the group stages.

“I’m delighted to be joining the Steelbacks in the Blast this year.” Said Agar.

“There’s a really exciting mix of players in the squad and hopefully we’re in a really strong position in the table when I join.”

As well as a T20 World Cup win, the 30-year-old has won the Big Bash with the Scorchers and has represented his country 47 times in T20 internationals, taking 48 wickets with best figures of 6/30.

Head Coach John Sadler was delighted to get someone of Agar’s quality in to replace Raza while he’s away.

“Ashton is a remarkable player with a real ability to change and win matches.

“He’s got a winning mindset, has played at the highest level and we’re delighted to get someone of his calibre to the club.

“Hopefully he can contribute some good performances and win us some games when he joins up with us.”

When looking at a replacement for Raza, Sadler was keen to identify someone with similar capabilities.

“We’ve got a real like for like replacement in Ashton which is great so we’re pleased with the business we’ve done.

“Obviously the Zimbabwe series was announced after we signed Sikandar which is a shame but we’ve still got him for 8 games at the start, then for the last two games and we’re very excited about that.” Said Sadler.

Agar’s first game will be on 5th July and last game will be away to Durham on 14th July, with Sikandar Raza returning for the final two group fixtures.

The Steelbacks kick off their Vitality Blast game at Wantage Road on Thursday against Derbyshire Falcons.