Agar stuns England with highest score by a number 11

England ended on 80/2, leading Australia by 15 at the close of what was an amazing day of test cricket, thanks mainly to the young Ashton Agar who fell agonizingly close to making history at Trent Bridge.

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At 19 most people are still figuring out what they want to do in their life, well how about breaking records in test match cricket, because that is exactly what 19 year-old Ashton Agar did on his debut during day 2 of the 1st Ashes test.

The Players arrived at Trent Bridge and were welcomed with sunshine. The change in conditions no doubt suited the Australians and you could see it when play resumed, as Smith and Hughes looked much more comfortable at the crease.

That was until out of nowhere, Jimmy Anderson produced the wicket England needed as Steve Smith edged behind to Matt Prior.
That dismissal saw a change in momentum as Australia lost their next 4 wickets for just 9 runs, with Anderson doing most of the damage, finishing with figures of 5-85.

Then when all hope seemed lost for Australia, the debutant Ashton Agar partnered with Phil Hughes to put on a record breaking 163 run stand for the 10th wicket before Agar fell just 2 runs short of his century. The partnership changed the complexion of the match completely, as Australia went from a match losing position to having a 65 run 1st innings lead.

That superb innings gave the Aussies all the momentum going into England’s 2nd innings, and it told as Starc picked up to quick wickets before tea leaving England really struggling.

Luckily for England the final session was a different story altogether, as Cook and Pietersen, using the slow and steady approach, dug deep to survive the final session and to undo the damage Ashton Agar did to them with the bat.

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