Nottingham: Ashton Agar probably doesn't know it, but he has big boots to fill.
In one sense he doesn't, as he became the 12th slow bowler Australia put out in a Test match after the exit of the great Shane Warne. Following in the footsteps of fellow left-arm spinners Michael Beer and Xavier Doherty should not be especially hard. Beer managed two Tests while Doherty will be hoping he can add to his four caps. In spinning terms, Agar, who has a Sri Lankan mother and rates Rangana Herath, Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin highly, probably won't break a sweat going past some of those that came before him. (Complete coverage of the Ashes series)
But, as the first Australian teenager to debut in an Ashes game in 48 years, Agar will have his work cut out. He follows, albeit decades later, in the footsteps of Doug Walters, that larrikin batsman who loved a drink, a smoke, a game of cards and, more than any of those things, scoring runs. Stories of Walters' exploits are the stuff of legend, but 5357 runs from 74 Tests at an average of nearly 50 suggest that remembering Walters merely as a cheerful dasher is misplaced.