Not all young cricketers have a dream debut to remember. Sometimes, the pressure of expectations weighs too heavy on a debutant to inspire him to play freely. At other times, cricketers are unlucky to make their debuts at the most inopportune times and are made the scapegoat when their team fails.The pressure of expectations on young cricketers is unparalleled especially during a high profile series like the Ashes. But some cricketers are not so lucky to be given an extended run in the team - bad performances very often ensure that the axe falls on them. Cricket can truly be a cruel game at times. In this article, we will look at the top five Ashes causalities of all time. Only players who had remarkably short careers which began and ended with bad Ashes performances have been considered for this list.
#5 Ashton Agar
Ashton Agar was picked for the first two Ashes Tests in 2013 mainly as a spinner who could also bat a bit. With Nathan Lyon in the team as their frontline spinner, Australia hoped that Agar would bolster their attacking options in the spin department.
But Agar's only contribution worthy of remembrance was a record-breaking last wicket partnership with Phil Hughes. Though he managed to dismiss Cook once, Agar ended his two-Test career with a bowling average of 124.