England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 2nd day July 11, 2013

Agar lives a life-changing dream

The pressure of a Test debut. Your team in disarray. And you are 19 years old. What do you do? Stride out and hit a record-breaking 98, of course
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There was once a man who had the day of his dreams. The man was young, just 19, with willow boughs for limbs and piano player's hands. It was a summer's day at Trent Bridge, with traffic curling round the ground and the beery lads in July bloom but he batted on a Hawaiian beach at sundown, bare feet in the sea, unlit cigarette at his lips.

On Tuesday, Ashton Agar was a spinner for Australia A and Henley CC, on Wednesday he was a surprise debutant wheel-barrowed into a feeble line-up on the whim of a coach. Now he goes into the record books as the man with the highest ever Test score at No. 11 - 98 runs off 101 balls, 12 fours, two sixes - transforming a session, tipping over a match. And oh, what style! What languor!

Agar popped out to bat on his Test debut, as if on a half-remembered errand to buy a second-class stamp. Yet the pressure could not have been much greater. Australia had just lost five wickets for nine runs in 32 balls, the finest swing bowler in the world was reverse-swinging at 85mph and Graeme Swann, buttoned up from the wrists of his sleeves to the ankles of his trousers had been tempting, beguiling, flighting Australian batsmen into heavy-booted panic.

Waiting for Agar was Philip Hughes, tense, cussed, a man who had watched his batting partners come and go with barely the time to ask their names. Hughes was awkward, sensing the pressure of failure, the history, the deficit. The nine yellow pitches cut into the mint Trent Bridge grass lay indented like the deep wounds in the Australian batting line-up, still 98 runs behind. The groundsmen swept the pitch and repainted the crease. Agar waited calmly, patting, straightening, patting, the ground as the bowler turned on his heel and ran in. This was the beginning.

The sun in a pale blue sky sprayed with skeins of light cloud started to bake both the ground and the crowd. Agar drove Anderson straight down the ground for four. Then, four balls later, England appealed against him for a stumping off Swann. The third umpire took his time - it was close - and turned it down. But hey, what would it matter - this wouldn't take long.

Agar swept Swann for four, then flicked another boundary through point, with total relaxation. There was no tension in this man, composed without shadows. He pulled Steven Finn through midwicket, then fast and clean hit Swann straight for six. He had a lazy scratch. There was warm applause now. Hughes at the other end began to unwind joint by joint. The knitting done by Swann and Anderson started to unravel ball by ball. This was the middle.

Agar, it turned out, had good eyes, good hands, fast reflexes and an immaculate temperament. Quick between the wickets, long legs stretching forward to negate the spin, he could play both sides of the wicket. An extra-cover drive off Swann brought up the 50 partnership and for the spectators surprise turned to admiration to excitement. As he turned the ship around, they began to think, "I am here."

Had the Australian selectors missed a trick or were they anxious not to overawe a young debutant? Whichever, he'll likely never bat at No. 11 again. This was iron sweetness. It felt a little like watching Ben Hollioake on his international debut, also aged 19, at Lord's in 1997.

As Agar drew level and then overtook Hughes (who had been 21 when the ninth wicket fell), a bond seemed to grow between the two men. With Agar's fifty came a pat and with Hughes' a big hug . Agar brought the team scores level with an exquisite late cut for four. On the radio Glenn McGrath mused, "I thought that I was presenting a baggy green to a bowler."

Lunch was delayed and eaten hastily when it came. Everyone was back in their seats afterwards - what fool would miss the second act. In this most partisan of contests, there was excitement and appreciation for an Australian. An Australian! One who had spoilt the James Anderson show, and ruined Alastair Cook's bacon roll.

The 90s were slightly nervous, well, as nervous as Agar gets. He went past Tino Best's previous record score for a No 11. Of 95. On 98 he swung at Stuart Broad, but missed, then cut and missed. Cook and Broad conferred, the crowd grew impatient. Clap, clap, they went, clap clap, clap.

Agar couldn't resist. He swung again, made contact and Swann caught him, reaching, down on the boundary. The spectators were stranded between a huge cheer of relief and a terrible sigh of disappointment. Agar raised his old bat, scuffed at the bottom, bandaged at the side, and smiled. He wandered off. It was his third standing ovation. This was the end.

Outside the ground, in the Radcliffe Convenience Store and the Instrument Repair Centre life went on. For those watching this, it had changed, just fractionally, for the better. For Ashton Agar, it will never be the same again.

Tanya Aldred is a freelance writer in Manchester

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  • PrahranCC on July 15, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Tanya...Thank You for such delightful prose..!

    Quick Update - A few months earlier while I was watching Ashton Agar bowling to Queensland, I swung around and had a conversation with his coach Justin Langer. The gist of which was that Ashton needed more exposure bowling to batsmen who played spin regularly because he was going to be Australia's long-term spin bowler. Including him the exchange program between Australia and Sri Lanka run by Ashley Mallett would be a good start. Little did I know that he was half-Sri Lankan; because I also suggested that he have sessions with Brian (Barney) Reid (now at Blackburn CC in Melbourne), a prodigious left arm spin bowler...to improve his flight and tactics. Alas, the Ashes have intervened..!

    We are very proud of him and his nickname...which is already famous is...WACA (with ACA being the initials of his name).

  • TheCricketLady on July 12, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    An absolutely beautiful piece of writing to complement one of the most special innings I've seen in a long time. It was so wonderful to watch a player who everyone had underestimated, written off as a scrap of a kid who just happened to have a big-stage debut, show them all that he can play, that a bowler can have the shot selection of a well-bred opener even. Great article, it brought a big smile to my face even as I remembered. :)

  • nayonika on July 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Oh, how I wish I could play like Ashton Agar or better still write about it like Tanya Aldred! Super batting and superior writing. Thank you both.

  • NigelW on July 11, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    A special innings that needed a special piece of writing to do it justice. Quite beautifully done. Cricket writing at its very best.

  • on July 15, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    It's interesting to see the comparison between Agar and Ben Hollioake, as I saw on twitter the first day of the match that they were both exactly the same age, to the day, when they made their Ashes debuts

  • RohanMarkJay on July 13, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Good that the Article gives kudos to Phil Hughes who is the forgotten man to the Hughes-Agar double act. One of the best last wicket partnerships in 130 years of Ashes cricket history. As both batted their way into the record books. Its sporting drama at its best which only Ashes cricket can throw up. There has also been a lot of talk of Agar's Sri Lankan half and of course is off Sri Lankan descent. We also forget Phil Hughes is half Italian he is of Italian descent. Like America was built on the vitality of its immigrants. Australia too have shown like America that its country's vitality and exciting unbounded spirit is also built from its Immigrants just like in America, whether they are Italian, Irish or Sri Lankan. Maybe thats why Australia and America have so much in common. They are both products of Italian, Irish and other immigrants mix melting pot. Thats why Americans and Australians think alike compared with other countries.

  • spant on July 13, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Reminds me of Ravi Shastri, who was flown to New Zealand as a left arm spinner, who could bat a bit. In due time to come, he became an opener batsman, who could ball a bit!!!!

  • KingOwl on July 13, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    A nice sentimental piece of journalism. Objectively speaking, it is mostly rubbish. Some guys just get lucky once in a while. This was it!

  • on July 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It's sounds really exciting. I wish I had watched this live. Matches like these will bring back faith and interest in the game.

    Looking forward for more Agars in ask the team.

  • ShivaCT on July 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Very well-worded article indeed! And it comes on the back of a classic debut-innings by Ashton Agar which, I now feel, I was privileged to watch yesterday! And "inswing", this article, or the kudos for the young man, are in no way a coronation. If I'm not mistaken, it is the unbridled joy being shared amongst the viewers and spectators alike, at watching a debutant bat without letting the pressures of the situation and the atmosphere, get to him. And to bat the way he did. In these days of flashy in-your-face cricketers and their egos, it felt good to see someone value the baggy green, and play cricket the way it was meant to be.

  • PrahranCC on July 15, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Tanya...Thank You for such delightful prose..!

    Quick Update - A few months earlier while I was watching Ashton Agar bowling to Queensland, I swung around and had a conversation with his coach Justin Langer. The gist of which was that Ashton needed more exposure bowling to batsmen who played spin regularly because he was going to be Australia's long-term spin bowler. Including him the exchange program between Australia and Sri Lanka run by Ashley Mallett would be a good start. Little did I know that he was half-Sri Lankan; because I also suggested that he have sessions with Brian (Barney) Reid (now at Blackburn CC in Melbourne), a prodigious left arm spin bowler...to improve his flight and tactics. Alas, the Ashes have intervened..!

    We are very proud of him and his nickname...which is already famous is...WACA (with ACA being the initials of his name).

  • TheCricketLady on July 12, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    An absolutely beautiful piece of writing to complement one of the most special innings I've seen in a long time. It was so wonderful to watch a player who everyone had underestimated, written off as a scrap of a kid who just happened to have a big-stage debut, show them all that he can play, that a bowler can have the shot selection of a well-bred opener even. Great article, it brought a big smile to my face even as I remembered. :)

  • nayonika on July 12, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Oh, how I wish I could play like Ashton Agar or better still write about it like Tanya Aldred! Super batting and superior writing. Thank you both.

  • NigelW on July 11, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    A special innings that needed a special piece of writing to do it justice. Quite beautifully done. Cricket writing at its very best.

  • on July 15, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    It's interesting to see the comparison between Agar and Ben Hollioake, as I saw on twitter the first day of the match that they were both exactly the same age, to the day, when they made their Ashes debuts

  • RohanMarkJay on July 13, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Good that the Article gives kudos to Phil Hughes who is the forgotten man to the Hughes-Agar double act. One of the best last wicket partnerships in 130 years of Ashes cricket history. As both batted their way into the record books. Its sporting drama at its best which only Ashes cricket can throw up. There has also been a lot of talk of Agar's Sri Lankan half and of course is off Sri Lankan descent. We also forget Phil Hughes is half Italian he is of Italian descent. Like America was built on the vitality of its immigrants. Australia too have shown like America that its country's vitality and exciting unbounded spirit is also built from its Immigrants just like in America, whether they are Italian, Irish or Sri Lankan. Maybe thats why Australia and America have so much in common. They are both products of Italian, Irish and other immigrants mix melting pot. Thats why Americans and Australians think alike compared with other countries.

  • spant on July 13, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Reminds me of Ravi Shastri, who was flown to New Zealand as a left arm spinner, who could bat a bit. In due time to come, he became an opener batsman, who could ball a bit!!!!

  • KingOwl on July 13, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    A nice sentimental piece of journalism. Objectively speaking, it is mostly rubbish. Some guys just get lucky once in a while. This was it!

  • on July 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    It's sounds really exciting. I wish I had watched this live. Matches like these will bring back faith and interest in the game.

    Looking forward for more Agars in ask the team.

  • ShivaCT on July 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Very well-worded article indeed! And it comes on the back of a classic debut-innings by Ashton Agar which, I now feel, I was privileged to watch yesterday! And "inswing", this article, or the kudos for the young man, are in no way a coronation. If I'm not mistaken, it is the unbridled joy being shared amongst the viewers and spectators alike, at watching a debutant bat without letting the pressures of the situation and the atmosphere, get to him. And to bat the way he did. In these days of flashy in-your-face cricketers and their egos, it felt good to see someone value the baggy green, and play cricket the way it was meant to be.

  • on July 12, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Pressure?!! He was under no pressure. When you are 9 down and the rest of the batsman havent made any worthwhile contribution, and you walk in on your test debut (you are playing primarily as a spinner), you are just 19 years old(which means the team really does not expect much from you right away) what kind of pressure will you be in? You put Michael Clarke in this situation, there is tremendous pressure on him as captain and top batsman to perform. If he had made a century that would be a great innings. This Agar innings nothing but a lucky debut and lets leave it at that. She does not what she is talking about...

  • masterx on July 12, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    What came across in a strong way in this beautifully written piece is that this was a moment in time. Even if Agar never scores another test run, he was king for a day and I got to appreciate it through this article.

    I grew up in the West Indies with the means to travel in the glory days (70-96) of Sobers, Kanhai, Kallicaharan, Richards, Lara, etc. So I've seen some great batsmen in my time. But our favorite was Lawrence Rowe who played only 30 tests and was allergic to grass. He was our fave because he was the best natural batsman we'd ever seen. In 10 hours of unruffled technical excellence, he made 302 against England in Barbados in '74 and we were there for every minute of it. It was like watching an artist at work. At one point, he was beaten playing defensively forward and laid back to square cut a leg-break to backward point for 4 - us teenagers went crazy. Sitting on my deck here in Atlanta, this article reminded me of that time. That's what great writing should do.

  • on July 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Kudos to you Tanya Aldred. What a wonderfully scripted piece. You've transported us to Trentbridge as if we were right there amongst the action. One can almost smell the grass at TB. "Well done young fella"

  • on July 12, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    Amazing prose. This is the first time I am hearing about Agar and I plan to follow him. This is the first time I am reading Tanya Aldred and I am going to look for more articles by her. Keep it up.

    -Abraham

  • inswing on July 12, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Sorry, don't understand the hype about Agar. He was taken a bowler. He played one excellent innings with the bat. So now he is a great batsman? Is he going to be a top order batsman for Australia? So far his bowling is average, and it remains to be seen how good he is. Might be a useful all rounder, might not be. If he had taken 8 wickets in one innings people might call him the next Warne and hype him up, and even that would be unjustified. This hype if even more unjustified. What's with the coronation?

  • on July 12, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    I just finished watching his batting, I haven't see Gary sobers batting but for some Youtube videos, I some how feel Sobers is born again. I wish best of luck to this kid and I hope he makes Australia a team to watch when they take the field.

    Those shots doesn't belong to a No. 11 batsmen, I guess even sobers batted at No. 11 in the debut test.

  • on July 12, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Really beautiful piece of writing Tanya.... really bringing out the beauty of the sport that is Test Cricket!!

  • on July 12, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    The writing matched the beauty of circumstance. Well done! Hard to choose between Agar's script on the field, and this piece of gem.

  • on July 12, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Congrats Agar... Great article... C'mon Australia

  • on July 12, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Brilliant innings, brilliant article. Well played all.

  • on July 12, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Beautifully written

  • ciaobella on July 12, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    I had to register just to say what a perfect piece of writing. I'm in a hot office and felt I was actually there witnessing history..missed the live action yesterday,watched the highlights and I was proud of all the English supporters and the way they recognised Agar's achievement. A good day for sport and a great day for him.

  • on July 12, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    It was sheer magic indeed, spectators who witnessed this sheer piece of spectacle would surely remember this occasion and talk about how they were a part of this little history. For people like me who missed it, Tanya Alfred i'm unhappy that you made us all more jealous by penning down this spectacle in sheer brilliance that even Ashton Agar would be proud of if he reads this out.

  • MenonJ on July 12, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Very enjoyable batting by Agar and a superb feature. Never read anything quite like this before. Brilliant article

  • on July 12, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    What a beautifully written article Tanya. Wonderful stuff.

  • on July 12, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    One of the top knocks in the history of test cricket and what a time to score such a knock. Just brilliant and awesome :)

  • on July 12, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    What a brilliantly written article.

    That's all I have to say.

  • Satya.Samal on July 12, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    this blog is bit cheesy for me.

  • on July 12, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    a dream start for a batsman . i wish i could have a chance and do at least half of it

  • somethingdifferent on July 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    It was a great performance by Agar but why are we making such a huge deal of it. Only recently Bangladesh Abul Hasan who was also selected as a bowler made 113 batting at no. 10 at the age of 20 against West Indies, being the first man to do so in 110 years. He was not given even half of such appreciation for such an achievement. Cricinfo please print.

  • GeorgeVII on July 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    What an awesome piece of writing! Effortlessly great, rather like the innings it describes.

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Well done.So proud of you young man.Looking forward to see much more of this in the coming years.

  • on July 12, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    A great read, like poetry on a page capturing perfectly a day of cricket and a story that will be remembered and recounted for many years to come.

  • disco_bob on July 12, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    I should add, that it was also a big fifty, a huge fifty almost the biggest fifty possible. Much more satisfying than a small ton. 96, too close to Tino; 97, too odd; 99, too cute by half; 98, perfection.

  • disco_bob on July 12, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    As he turned the ship around, they began to think, "I am here."

    Brilliant.

  • on July 12, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    beautiful writing about a special innings and a great day of cricket... look forward to reading more from Tanya

  • on July 12, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Who said cricket writing can't be literature? Prose writing at its best. Wonderful piece of cricket writing.

  • on July 12, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    A wonderfully written article.

  • on July 12, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I was lucky enough to be at the WACA when Ashton Agar played for WA, he batted and bowled really well and helped win a few games for us. I knew he was going to play for Australia, so I got him to autograph a "Cricket Australia" min-bat. He is destined for greatness I am sure.

  • kaushik_243 on July 12, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    wow,wonderful article to describe that wonderful innings from agar.at no stage of the innings did he ever look as a no 11 batsman,in fact agar actually reminded me of another 19 year old debutant called yuvraj singh at at the champions trophy in kenya 2000.the high batlift,drives,flicks, pulls,cuts .....everything had a stunning resemblance to yuvi there who played with similar panache at a difficult situation against aussies 13 years ago.also helps he bowls left arm spin.iam sure agar is a name we will hear more of in the coming days ,but i dont want to see him eaten up by pressure of expectations and allow him to develop at his own pace.cheers mate,all the best

  • Nutcutlet on July 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Question: why, IMHO, does cricket, especially Test cricket, seem to inspire great writing that is on a completely different plane, set way above that found in wording the deeds of all other team & ball sports? Perhaps the last, apparently throwaway, paragraph hints at it: remain untouched by it & you will forever be condemned to live in a sporting world (assuming sport is your bag) one dimension short - in an ultimately dull & grinding half-light. Following sport for many (say football in the modern age) is an escape from the tedium of the rest of life outside football; it creates its own magic & frenzy for its fans. Cricket (esp TC), I think, seems more cognizant of the rest of the world, existing in multi-dimensions, far more subtle & nuanced than the multi/inter-national game of football. Little wonder that the writing of cricket demands more of its scribes; its followers, their readers, have been blest through their own good fortune to be taken in by the most beguiling of games.

  • on July 12, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I loved the imperious way in which Agar hit Swann for those two sixes, and then he hit that late cut which took his score from 93 to 96. He's definitely not a No. 11. :)

  • SharadBhasin on July 12, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    Wow Tanya, what a beautifully written article. This is what sports journalism is all about. You have reminded us of Christopher Martin Jenkins and John Arlott in prose. Our Ashton is a star but your writing is no less. Well done to both of you..

  • on July 12, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Win or lose, moments like Agar's innings are why cricket, and especially test cricket, is truly great.

  • simonviller on July 12, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    This has to be a special guy and an equally special find for australia . Lets keep an eye out for this youngster . Long time ago there was a young lefty who was chosen as a spin bowler ,batted at no: 9 and we all know how that turned out . While it's a stretch to compare him to the great Sir Garfield , 'I do hope that we get to see much more of him and his heroics in the future .

  • 777aditya on July 12, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    this article is full of old, worn out cliches - Agar played very well though

  • YogifromNY on July 12, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    Fantastic piece of writing on a great innings by a young man who might perhaps go on to greatness (as a cricket fan, I sure hope he does!).

  • indiasux on July 12, 2013, 2:02 GMT

    Agar is Australia answer to India Jadeja

  • IndianInnerEdge on July 12, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Nice article Tanya....the lad deserved a 100....Such an endearing smile which he kept all throughhis innings....just love the newer breed of players like AA, Root, Willliamson(NZ), Pujara who are a far cry from the tequila fuelled gen y that plays the T20 leages and has attitude to burn....these kids come as a breth of fresh air, so humble and really play the game for the spirit of the game and enjoy it as opposed to chest thumpic jingoistic posturing and rhetoric....all the more reason i would want my son to emulate & play like them and not like the rockstars so prevalent in T20leagues....long may their ilk thrive....:)

  • Beertjie on July 12, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    Absolutely immaculate prose description of an iconic event. More please!

  • on July 12, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    I have never come on this site to criticise or praise a person's writing. I thought I would never see something like this here... and now I want more. I'm a new Tanya Aldred groupie. I'd subscribe for her writing....

  • on July 12, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    Fantastic Article, a privilege to read as it was a privilege to watch Agar's knock

  • Chris_P on July 11, 2013, 22:27 GMT

    @ jackthelad I guess you would have posted exactly the same words after Shane Warne's first test? You don't get cricket, do you? Why are you wasting your time with negative posts? Go find something in life to enjoy, it is far too short to live in negativity.

  • Cpt.Meanster on July 11, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    Well played young man. That smile is refreshing to see. Others would have crumbled in agony, but not this boy. This bodes well for Australia BUT his bowling isn't impressive by any means. Still, he's a greenhorn and I will give him many more games to improve his skills. Well played and God bless !!

  • yorkshirematt on July 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Good on the lad. It's a great story and what cricket should be about. But I wouldn't be at all surprised if this was his last major contribution in Test cricket. His bowling looks nothing special (I'll happily eat my words if he skittles England out tomorrow) and every tail ender has his day in the sun with the bat. His just happened to be on debut, against some ordinary bowling from and England attack that lost the plot and never really knows how to bowl to tail enders who like to give it a whack, or "do a Tino" if you like

  • on July 11, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    Your writing is as beautiful and expressive as his innings. Congratulations to you both.

  • on July 11, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    Wonderful description of a wonderful innings.

  • jlw74 on July 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    What a beautiful piece of writing. I loved the prose hope we read more in the future.

  • iceaxe on July 11, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Wonderful innings, and very impressive debut. Congratulations Agar.

    We have a champion in the making!

  • on July 11, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Forget 20/20 and the Champions Trophy, this is what proper cricket is all about. Long live Test cricket. At no stage did Agar look anything other than a class batsman. Reminded me of the great Garfield Sobers. Nice article, very Cardusesque.

  • dabbler on July 11, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    This article didn't need a photograph.

  • IAS2009 on July 11, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    the way aussies batted in this test match Agar could play as specialist batsman if not as a bowler, i think batting is weak link in austraila side, i don't see them winning ashes with this batting, take 98 out of the total Australia batted very poorly on good batting day.

  • Sir_Ivor on July 11, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Beautiful prose Tanya. I loved it. Just as much as I loved Ashton's innings. It was not crude hitting justifying his place in the batting order but an innings that would have gained an applause or two of Neil Harvey and David Gower. I remember how Shane Warne had hardly made an impact as a bowler on his debut against India at the SCG in 1992. But he had saved that Test for Australia when they were on the verge of defeat with some doughty batting. I hope Agar turns out to be another Warne. Cricket needed a new symbol. Here he is.

  • Batmanindallas on July 11, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Maybe Agar is the allrounder they are looking for. With a little bit luck and hard work he can definitely do better than the current opening bat and allrounder

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    mindblowing

  • chitti_cricket on July 11, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Agar can develpe into a better bowler as well.But he needs be backed by Clarke, he has to be given some attacking fieldsmen to get wickets. As per his batting, man I watached every single ball he played.It was one in life time entertainment any one can get. He was like an artist more and batsman less. What a wonderful style he delivers, does not this guy resembles another elegent batsman David Gower? same boyish looks 19 years of age , man what an awe inspiring innigs it was. Mate thank you very much for the innigs and may god bless you and you have a long career.

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    how poetic. Fantastic article

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Awesome writing, Tanya. What style!

  • ParimalM on July 11, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Perfect article to describe a successful debutant. Well played the 19 year old, Ashton Agar. He took the pride along with him to the dressing room. This is the beauty of test match cricket. Expect him to do well with the ball too..

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Brilliant piece. One, the guy completely deserves.

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    superb article...poetic and tells you the entire story ...

  • hipp on July 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    That is so well written. It reminds me of the writings of the Golden Age. Excellent work.

    Howard

  • zhaggy on July 11, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Dear Author, Thank you for this. I missed the innings, but no written account could have better described the event. In fact I'm now considering avoiding the highlights later tonight.

  • on July 11, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    @jackthelad - some people just find it hard to praise an achievement. You seem to be one of that ilk. Given how reckless and unsympathetic Australia have been with spinners in post-Warne era, Agar might get only a few more chances to snare a wicket or two. But he has just earned himself, (and his team) some good rope and respect with his innings. There is history too - Steven Waugh, Mohammad Azharuddin and Javed Miandad - to name a few who were picked as bowlers and went on to became batting linchpins. Hope you can appreciate what he did.

  • Nduru on July 11, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Lovely writing Tanya! As good as Agar's knock.

  • jackthelad on July 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Agar was, as I recall, picked as a bowler. The fact that he's made a splendid (almost) hundrd doesn't alter the fact that his bowling is innocuous.

  • jackthelad on July 11, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Agar was, as I recall, picked as a bowler. The fact that he's made a splendid (almost) hundrd doesn't alter the fact that his bowling is innocuous.

  • Nduru on July 11, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    Lovely writing Tanya! As good as Agar's knock.

  • on July 11, 2013, 18:59 GMT

    @jackthelad - some people just find it hard to praise an achievement. You seem to be one of that ilk. Given how reckless and unsympathetic Australia have been with spinners in post-Warne era, Agar might get only a few more chances to snare a wicket or two. But he has just earned himself, (and his team) some good rope and respect with his innings. There is history too - Steven Waugh, Mohammad Azharuddin and Javed Miandad - to name a few who were picked as bowlers and went on to became batting linchpins. Hope you can appreciate what he did.

  • zhaggy on July 11, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Dear Author, Thank you for this. I missed the innings, but no written account could have better described the event. In fact I'm now considering avoiding the highlights later tonight.

  • hipp on July 11, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    That is so well written. It reminds me of the writings of the Golden Age. Excellent work.

    Howard

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    superb article...poetic and tells you the entire story ...

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:27 GMT

    Brilliant piece. One, the guy completely deserves.

  • ParimalM on July 11, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    Perfect article to describe a successful debutant. Well played the 19 year old, Ashton Agar. He took the pride along with him to the dressing room. This is the beauty of test match cricket. Expect him to do well with the ball too..

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    Awesome writing, Tanya. What style!

  • on July 11, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    how poetic. Fantastic article