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Jadeja chat inspires Agar’s T20 hat-trick

By AAP Newswire

Ashton Agar has revealed how a conversation with Indian superstar Ravindra Jadeja inspired his match-winning hat-trick in South Africa.

Agar stole the show in the T20 series-opener at Johannesburg, snaring 5-24 to lead a rampant Australia to a thumping 107-run win.

The left-arm spinner is just the second Australian after Brett Lee in 2007 to deliver a hat-trick in a T20 international.

His figures at the Wanderers are the best by an Australian in the format.

Agar's spot in Australia's T20 World Cup squad later this year is now virtually assured but he had, until recently, been in and out of the white-ball sides.

The allrounder said building resilience to handle the setbacks had been challenging.

"I think that's always the biggest challenge for someone in international cricket, when you're in and out, just to keep putting yourself out there," he said.

"You have to believe in yourself at the end of the day because you are the only person you have when you're performing out there.

"You have your teammates but only you can perform your true skill."

Agar had previously been best known for his 98 on Test debut during the 2013 Ashes but said it was hard to compare the two landmark achievements.

Having slotted in nicely to batting at No.7, Agar said he had taken the opportunity to pick the brain of his idol Jadeja after the recent ODI series in India.

"He's my favourite player in the world. I want to play cricket like he does," Agar said.

"He's an absolute rock star - smacks them, gun fielder and spins the ball. But it's just his presence when he's out there ... watching him fills me with confidence.

"I was pretty inspired by talking to him.

"I've got good people around me, I've got a wonderful fiancee, she's very supportive so I'm very lucky - and a great family. They are all able to keep me really level."

Game two of the three-match series is in Port Elizabeth on Sunday night.