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Ashton Agar aims to establish himself as Australia's designated finisher
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Ashton Agar aims to establish himself as Australia's designated finisher

Ashton Agar has targetted cementing his spot as one of Australia's finishers at the T20 World Cup in India next year.

Agar, who is tied at No. 3 with Adam Zampa in the bowlers' rankings in T20Is, has impressed with both bat and ball in the ongoing series against England.

The 26-year-old has picked up four wickets at a decent economy rate across the two games in Southampton and racked up 23 runs in a useful contribution lower down the order on Sunday.

While Agar's exploits on the international stage have thus far been limited to bowling excellence, he voiced his intentions to become more consistent with the bat to help his team win games.

"Yes it is definitely a role I have identified that if I can fit into that well, I can really help the team," he said.

Agar was initially drafted in Australia's Test side seven years ago as a specialist spinner but stole the spotlight by smashing 98 at number 11 on debut.

"It is a tough role and one I really need to improve on because it is really important at the back end of the innings to get an extra 10 to 15 runs out of that position from a minimal amount of balls," he stated.

Jos Buttler was the star for England during their second T20I win as he hit an unbeaten 77 to set up his team's six-wicket victory.

The ace player won't be available for the hosts in the final T20I after requesting time off to be with his family. His absence from the England line-up might boost Australia's chances of salvaging a triumph despite having already lost the series.

"For whatever reason, he's out of the bubble," Agar said.

"I hope everything's OK, but he's probably their best batter in white-ball cricket at the moment so it's certainly an advantage for us.

"He can hit all around the ground -- spin bowling, he can sweep, reverse sweep, hit over the covers -- so he is difficult to bowl to."

The context of Australia's flimsy grip on the top spot in T20Is adds a dramatic flair heading into what would generally constitute as a 'dead rubber'.

If Australia lose on Tuesday, they would be dethroned by England as the new number-one ranked team in the shortest format.

"It is a shame and it really hurts to lose the series but we look around the changing room and know we are a really good team and a good T20 team," Agar mentioned.

"If we win a couple more of those small moments it shows we are super competitive against the best teams in the world."