The Ashes: Ashton Agar, from anonymity to one of the most celebrated Australians

Nineteen-year-old Ashton Agar, hitherto unknown in England, made certain that his name would go down in Ashes folklore when he hauled the Australian team off their knees

updated: July 12, 2013 13:42 IST
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Day Two of the first Ashes Test in Nottingham on Thursday was special for 19-year-old Australian Test debutant Ashton Agar. The left-arm spinner scored 98 to set a record for the highest individual innings by a No. 11 batsman in Tests, eclipsing Tino Best's 95 for the West Indies vs England at Edgbaston in 2012. Zaheer Khan's 75 vs Bangladesh at Dhaka in 2004-05 is the third highest by a No. 11 batsman in Tests.

With their 163-run stand, Agar and Phil Hughes (81 not out) set a world record for the tenth-wicket partnership in Tests, obliterating the 151 between BF Hastings and Richard Collinge for New Zealand versus Pakistan at Auckland in 1972-73. Azhar Mahmood and Mushtaq Ahmed had also shared 151 for Pakistan vs South Africa at Rawalpindi in 1997-98.

The man who gave Agar his Test cap at Trent Bridge was former Aussie great Glenn McGrath. He believes Agar's amazing innings may have saved Australia from back-to-back Ashes series humiliation. McGrath held the previous Australian record for the highest individual score for a No.11 with 61 against New Zealand in 2004.

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