Ashes 2013: Australia coach Darren Lehmann backs debutant spinner Ashton Agar

Ashton Agar bowled seven wicketless overs, conceding just 24, in overcast conditions ideal for seam rather than spin bowling on the first day.

updated: July 11, 2013 08:29 IST
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Nottingham: Australia coach Darren Lehmann forecast "outstanding" teenage sensation Ashton Agar would come into the game "more and more" after the left-arm spinner was handed a shock Test debut in the Ashes opener at Trent Bridge. (Read report)

Agar, a 19-year-old Western Australia left-arm spinner, was only brought to England originally as a "development player" for the first two Ashes Tests.

But in a dramatic move involving Australia chairman of selectors John Inverarity, on tour selector and wicketkeeping great Rodney Marsh and Lehmann himself, Agar was preferred on Wednesday instead of off-spinner Nathan Lyon, a veteran of 22 Tests.

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