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

A new high for No. 11

Stats highlights from the second of the Trent Bridge Test, which was dominated by Australia's latest No. 11, Ashton Agar

  • Ashton Agar's 98 is the highest by a No. 11 batsman in Test history. The previous highest was 95 by Tino Best of West Indies, also against England, at Edgbaston in 2012. The previous-best for Australia was by Glenn McGrath, who handed Agar his Baggy Green on Wednesday; McGrath scored 61 against New Zealand at the Gabba in 2004. Agar's 98 was also only the second half-century by a No.11 batsman in an Ashes Test - the previous one was by Frederick Spofforth in this match, way back in 1885.

  • When Agar drove James Anderson through midwicket and picked up three runs to move from 43 to 46, he broke the record for the highest score by a No. 11 batsman on debut. That was previously held by Warwick Armstrong, who scored an unbeaten 45 against England in 1902. Click here for a list of highest scores by No. 11 batsmen on debut.

  • The 163-run partnership between Phil Hughes and Agar was the highest ever for the tenth wicket in Tests. This was also only the fifth hundred partnership for the tenth wicket in an Ashes Test, and the 23rd tenth-wicket century partnership in all Tests.

  • This was only the ninth instance of a No.11 batsman top-scoring in an innings. Four of these nine instances have been by Australia batsmen, the most by a team, and four of these have come against England, the most against a team. The previous instance of a No. 11 top-scoring was by Nathan Lyon, the player who Agar replaced in the XI - Lyon scored 14 out of a total of 47 against South Africa in Cape Town in 2011. The previous such instance in an Ashes Test was way back in 1896, when Tom McKibbin scored 16 out of 44 at The Oval.

  • A break-up of Agar's runs against each bowler indicates just how proficient he was against both pace and spin. Against Graeme Swann's offspin, he scored at a run a ball, taking 36 off 36, including four fours and two sixes. Against the three quick bowlers, he scored 62 off 65, including eight fours. And as his wagon-wheel shows, he scored on both sides of the wicket, scoring 42 runs on the off side, and 56 on the leg side.

    While Agar was dominant against both pace and spin, Hughes scored his runs almost entirely against the fast bowlers. Against Anderson, Finn and Broad, he scored 74 off 89 balls. Against Swann, though, he only managed 7 off 52 balls.

    Ashton Agar v each England bowler
    Bowler Runs Balls Strike rate 4s/6s Dots
    James Anderson 21 27 77.77 2/ 0 16
    Steven Finn 23 16 143.75 4/ 0 8
    Graeme Swann 36 36 100.00 4/ 2 25
    Stuart Broad 18 22 81.81 2/ 0 13

  • Hughes' unbeaten 81 was easily his highest in ten Test innings against England - his previous-best was 36 in Cardiff in 2009.

  • Agar was clearly the star of the day, but England had their heroes too. James Anderson picked up his 14th five-for in Tests, his second against Australia and his fifth at Trent Bridge; at no other venue has he taken as many five-fors. He ended the day with 44 wickets at Trent Bridge, the highest by any bowler at this ground.

  • For the first time in his 44-Test career, Jonathan Trott was dismissed for a first-ball duck. This was also his first duck in England; his three previous ones were in Sydney, Ahmedabad and Mumbai. With Ed Cowan also being dismissed without scoring, this was the 11th instance of two zeroes by No.3 batsmen in an Ashes Test - the previous such instance was in 1995.

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Great Ashton Agar scored 98 on debut beating Tino Best 95. It is too earlier to say it right now. Ashton Agar must play the complete Ashes Series. He must play test cricket for atleast for 1 or 2 then only we can rate him. He is in the team mainly as a bowler. Let us watch & see how the young lad plays. TOO EARLIER TO SAY RIGHT NOW.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Jonathan_E - I think with regards to Agar, we will have to wait 5 years to properly judge the 'legitimacy' of his score as a #11. If he goes on to play 50 tests, and never scores another 50, whilst batting at 9,10 or 11, then we can safely say it was a freak event.

    However, looking at the boy's technique and poise, I wouldn't be surprised to see him bat at 7 or 8 for the rest of his career, with the possibility of a test hundred or two.

    I would love to see an analysis of players who have done similar things, e.g. Tino Best recently, and how often they fell just before the hundred.

  • Lee on July 12, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Is this the first time the number 11 for the second team made the highest score for both first innings? I.e. Number 22 outscored the previous 21. I suspect that it must be.

  • Joshua on July 12, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    Jonothan - Armstrong batted at 11 on debut due to a dodgy pitch. It used to be the tactic in the old days after rain soaked the pitch to drastically change the batting order, and hope that by the time the real batsmen were required the pitch had improved somewhat. It was the same tactic that saw Bradman scoring his 270 in 1936/7 batting at 7 after Aus had opened the batting with O'Reilly and Fleetwood-Smith.

  • Ajai on July 12, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Jonathan-considering that Lakshita and Moule had very short Test careers, the answer would be N.G. Cowans. His 36 on debut remained his highest Test score.

  • Jonathan on July 12, 2013, 2:10 GMT

    Also: Warwick Armstrong's previous record score by a number 11 batsman on debut doesn't really count - "Big Ship" was a fine enough batsman to average nearly 40 in Test cricket, between 1902 and 1921, with six centuries, and normally batted in the middle order: a tail-ender he most certainly was not. In fact I am not sure he ever batted at 11 again, or even why he batted at 11 in the second innings of his first match (having batted at 9 in the first innings, and even this was uncharacteristically low for his later career: normally he seems to have batted anywhere between 5 and 8.)

    I wonder what is the previous highest debut score by a tail-ender who batted at 11 not only on his debut, but in a significant number of future matches - let's allow "not usually higher than 9".

  • Matt on July 11, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    Great stats there. Quality stuff.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    Great wrap up. Cricket and Statistics are made for each other.

  • Brian on July 11, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Odd that Anderson should enjoy the same proficiency at Trent Bridge as another Lancastrian with whom his career barely overlapped; Michael Atherton made 6 of his test centuries there, by far the most he made at any test ground. For coincidence-lovers (and connoisseurs of Channel 4's Countdown), they also share 5 of the 8 letters of their surnames.

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