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Ashes: Ashton Agar breaks Test record score for number 11

2013-07-11 17:18:54

Ashton Agar

Australian teenager Ashton Agar has broken the record for the highest score by a Test number 11 in the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge.

The debutant left-arm spinner was out for 98, beating the previous top score of 95 made by West Indies' Tino Best against England at Edgbaston in 2012.

Top Number Elevens' title

    • Ashton Agar (Australia) - 98 v England at Trent
      Bridge 2013.


    • Tino Best (West Indies) - 95 v England at
      Edgbaston 2012.


    • Zaheer Khan (India) - 75 v Bangladesh at Dhaka


    • Richard Collinge (New Zealand) - 68* v Pakistan
      at Auckland 1973.


  • Bert Vogler (South Africa) - 62* v England at
    Cape Town 1906.

Agar and Phillip Hughes (81 not out) also surpassed the record Test partnership of 151 for the 10th wicket.

Australia were finally dismissed for 280, a first-innings lead of 65.

En route to the record, Agar had already beaten the previous best Test score by a debutant number 11 - 45 not out by Warwick Armstrong for Australia against England at Melbourne in 1902.

The 19-year-old joined Hughes at the wicket with the score on 117-9 and the pair added 163 before Agar was last man out, caught by Graeme Swann on the midwicket boundary off the bowling of Stuart Broad.

The previous 10th wicket record of 151 was set by New Zealand's Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge against Pakistan at Auckland in 1973, and equalled in 1997 by Pakistan's Azhar Mahmood and Mushtaq Ahmed against South Africa in Rawalpindi.

The new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd paid tribute to the pair.

"What a stunning, gutsy, agonising 98 from Ashton Agar in the Ashes Test. Full marks to Hughes. Well done guys," Rudd wrote on Twitter. 

Agar becomes the ninth player in Test history to finish as the highest scorer in an innings when batting at number 11, and only the second to do so on his debut following Jayantha Amerasinghe's 34 not out from a Sri Lanka first-innings total of 215 against New Zealand in Kandy in 1984. 


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