July 24, 2024

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As part of a pick exchange in the foreign draft, Wes Agar became the first player in the BBL to be traded. Agar left Adelaide Strikers, who had improved their draft position in the second round, to join Sydney Thunder.

After eight seasons with the Strikers, Agar is moving to Thunder. After being a crucial member of their assault in previous seasons, he only appeared in four games last year. Thunder and Strikers exchanged second-round selections in the deal.

In the second round, Thunder will obtain the later pick from the draft lottery, while Strikers will receive Thunder’s early pick (the precise pick number will be revealed later in the year). Because they finished eighth in the previous season, Thunder will receive an earlier draft pick, while Strikers, who finished third, will receive a later pick.

This is the first action taken by former Australia and New South Wales Test bowler Trent Copeland in his new capacity as General Manager of Thunder.

“He’s a proven performer in this format, and one of the Big Bash’s most likeable guys,” added Copeland. “We want to bring in players who will ultimately perform and win games for the club, but it’s also vitally important for us to attract good people who want to be a part of what we are building here.”

Meanwhile, Strikers’ interim General Manager Shaun Williams was understanding of Agar’s decision to request a move.
“We understand Wes’ desire for a fresh opportunity at the Sydney Thunder, and wish him all the best with the move,” he said. “We are pleased we were able to improve our draft position as part of this trade ahead of the BBL 14 draft later this year.”
Agar, 27, had been Strikers’ best player in the 2020-21 season, taking 22 wickets at 20.77. He also took 18 wickets in 13 games in 2022-23. But he only managed to play four matches last year as Henry Thornton emerged as a preferred pace-bowling option, even as Strikers opted to play two legspinners.
Despite only playing four matches and claiming just two wickets at an economy rate of 10.38, Agar is still highly rated by the Australian selectors and was called up as cover for Australia’s final T20I against West Indies in February. He moves to Sydney hoping for a fresh start as Thunder look to reconfigure their attack after a season where they struggled to strike with the ball.

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