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Shane Warne's 'horrible' call backfires as Ashton Agar makes history

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
·3-min read
Ashton Agar, pictured here in action in the third T20 between Australia and New Zealand.
Shane Warne described Ashton Agar's first over as 'horrible'. Image: Getty/Fox Sports

Ashton Agar made some incredible T20 history on Wednesday night as Australia bounced back to take the third game in their series with New Zealand.

The Aussie spinner claimed three wickets in one over on his way to career-best figures of 6-30 as the tourists won by 64 runs in Wellington.

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In doing so, Agar became just the fourth person - and first Australian - to claim six wickets in an international T20 match.

It was a remarkable performance considering he went for three boundaries in his first over, prompting a brutal swipe from Shane Warne in commentary.

"That's a horrible over," Warne said. "Really bad cricket."

But Warne was made to look a little foolish as Agar turned the match on its head in his second over.

Agar made sure of Australia's victory with a stunning spell, claiming his first wickets of the series to dismiss Glenn Phillips, Devon Conway and Jimmy Neesham in the over, before running riot.

Fans couldn't help but point out how Warne's swipe had backfired, or perhaps it spurred Agar into action.

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Finch and Maxwell star with the bat

Earlier, Aaron Finch roared back into form with 69, before Glenn Maxwell's quick-fire 70 pushed Australia to a mammoth total of 4-208.

Finch did need a slice of good fortune though, surviving a first ball lbw shout by umpire Chris Gaffaney with the ball hitting the stumps.

Shaking off the scare, the Aussie captain combined well with Josh Philippe (43 off 27), reaching his half-century with a stunning switch-hit six off Ish Sodhi.

Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar, pictured here celebrating the wicket of Devon Conway.
Matthew Wade and Ashton Agar celebrate the wicket of Devon Conway. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

The 34-year-old holed out from the spinner shortly after, but put his run of poor knocks firmly in the rear-view mirror.

Finch, who has been backed in to October's World Cup despite not making even a half-century all through the Big Bash, said he'd be lying if the pressure wasn't getting to him.

"Sometimes the harder you try the worse you get in this game," he said.

"You can sometimes get caught up in searching for a score and searching for the result and forgetting about the process."

Maxwell, who had also missed out on runs this series, was even more impressive.

The Victorian started slowly with just five off nine but accelerated sharply, making 65 off his next 20 balls, including 28 off one Jimmy Neesham over as Australia powered past 200.

Tasmanian speedster Riley Meredith then took an impressive 2-24 on debut as New Zealand finished all out for 144.

with AAP

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