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Where: Trent Bridge, Nottingham
When: July 12, 10.30 (BST)
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There was only one name on the lips of both English and Australian cricket fans after the second day of the first Ashes Test, Ashton Agar.
The 19-year-old spinner who was plucked from relative obscurity to be the first-choice spinner for Australia repaid the faith shown in him by new coach Darren Lehmann.
Agar, coming in at number 11 with Australia in deep trouble at 117-9, blasted a well-made 98 before holding out to Graeme Swann at deep mid-wicket.
Despite falling agonisingly short of creating another record during his innings, in being the first number 11 in Test history to score a ton on debut, Agar’s job was complete.
Together with Phil Hughes, who made an excellent 81 as the foil to Agar’s stylish stroke-play, the pair put on 163 for the last wicket to dig their side out of trouble.
Australia finished their first innings on 280, a lead of 65 which was more than healthy given they were starring down the reality of trailing by around 100 when Agar came to the crease.
Jimmy Anderson again led the way for the English attack in claiming 5-85.
However, the bowling gameplan of the home side went out the window when Hughes and Agar’s partnership was in full flight with too many loose deliveries being pounced on by the in-form pair.
Mitchell Starc struck twice early for Australia when it was England’s second time to bat, and at one stage found himself on a hat-trick after dismissing Joe Root (5) and Jonathan Trott (0).
Trott’s departure caused controversy after the LBW decision was turned down by the on-field umpire, before a confident Australian captain Michael Clarke elected to have it reviewed.
The ball from the left-arm seamer was full and pitched in line and would have gone on to hit mid-way up middle stump.
But the sticking point was late movement of the ball after it had passed the bat, with a ‘hot-spot’ review from square-leg not possible as it had not been recording, given it was primed for a replay of the Root dismissal.
Despite the controversy, England captain Alastair Cook (37no) and Kevin Pietersen (35no) guided the home side to the close of play without further loss of wickets, to see them start day three with a 15-run lead and eight wickets in hand.
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