Dharmasala: Ashton Agar could be a shock call-up for Australia's World Twenty20 opener on Friday, depending on the state of the pitch.
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New Zealand showed the value of bold selections in the tournament opener, when they thumped hosts and favourites India in a boilover.
High-profile pace duo Trent Boult and Tim Southee were both overlooked as NZ's three spinners snared nine of 10 wickets in the 47-run win on a sharp-turning Nagpur pitch.
Agar was fully expected to sit out Australia's match against the Black Caps, with HPAC Stadium having earned a reputation for pitches with pace and bounce in the Indian Premier League.
But last week's World T20 qualifying event at the venue was played on turning pitches.
Rain has continued to hit the town, nestled in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, suggesting spin will play a big role.
Agar has played only one T20 international, rarely bowled in the recent Big Bash League and missed Australia's World T20 warm-up match last Monday because of gastro.
The youngster, who made a memorable Test debut in the 2013 Ashes after being plucked from relative obscurity, has since recovered and is expected to train on Wednesday.
Legspinner Adam Zampa noted recently there was no reason he couldn't successfully bowl in tandem with left-arm tweaker Agar.
"I can definitely see it. It's happened before, too, in an Australia A series," Zampa said.
"We actually get along really well and work pretty hard together in the nets about what we should be doing, plans and things like that. If we have to play two spinners in India, I'm confident we can work together well there."
The presence of Glenn Maxwell and even Steve Smith in the XI might yet convince selectors to leave Agar on the sidelines.
Coach Darren Lehmann and on-duty selector Mark Waugh will inspect the Dharamsala wicket on Wednesday.
Lehmann has long adopted a "horses for courses" selection policy and a country as geographically diverse as India is naturally going to produce some vastly different pitches.
"The team will change depending on where we're playing and what the wickets are like," Lehmann said,
"The opposition always comes into it. I think that's happened in T20 for years now, so everyone's used to it and the other teams do the same thing.
"You look at match-ups - they're pretty important in T20. How many right-handers? How many left-handers? Ground size and wicket."
The other big decision is whether Aaron Finch or Usman Khawaja opens alongside Shane Watson.
Former T20 skipper Finch is expected to get the nod but Watson will be content either way.
"Whether it's Aaron or Usman, they're world-class options," Watson said. "However it pans out, it will be a great result."
India's loss to NZ has blown Australia's World T20 group wide open.
Australia's second match is against Bangladesh in Bengaluru before the squad travel to Mohali, where they're up against Pakistan and India.