Australian youngster, Ashton Agar, who is only 19 years old, shocked England in the first Ashes Test as he broke 2 records, one with the help of fellow Australian batsman, Phil Hughes. The highest points made in a Test partnership on the 10th wicket hitting 151 between them. Before Ashton Agar walked up to the crease, Australia were in big trouble, their score sitting at 117-9 as England thought they could have ended the first test prematurely. Yet, the young Australian refused to give up his wicket, until finally he was caught by Graeme Swann to end his fantastic run which has put Australia in the driving seat. After the first innings, the score was England 215 and Australia 280.
The record, broke by him alone, was being the eleventh man in a test series to score the most runs. The former record of 95 was held by Tino Best when he was playing for the West Indies against England in 2012. Agar achieved 98, beating the record by 3 runs! Agar has not only put his name into the record books but has also done Australia proud by stunning England putting them on the back foot in the first test of this year’s Ashes series.
After the first innings, Australia were in a strong lead having 65 runs ahead of England, it then went from bad to worse for the home team. England’s opening batters Jonathon Trott and Joe Root were both immediately out sending England into tea with a poor score of 11-2. The second innings looked as though they were going to be similar to the first for the English. Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen came out after tea to turn the game around with their bat and increased the score to a respectable 80-2, giving England a 15 point lead going into Day Three.
Before the phenomenal display by Ashton Agar, the Australian batting didn’t look good. The only player batting anywhere near well was Steve Smith who reached 50 from 672 balls. Overall in the first innings, Australia played shockingly having 6 batsmen all hitting fewer than 2 runs each before being taken out. The heroics from Smith, Hughes and especially Ashton Agar are what saved Australia, and gave them an advantage going into the second innings.
Ashton Agar commented after Day Two:
“When I walked to the crease I was thinking we were in a little bit of trouble but the wicket was good. Phil Hughes told me to take it ball by ball. We just played the moment and forgot about everything else. It was good fun, exciting and I enjoyed it. I have always tried to play freely and naturally and I don’t really get too nervous. There are a lot of people who would love to be doing what I’m doing.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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