Ashes star Ashton Agar is Australia's thorn in England's side

PUBLISHED: 09:59 12 July 2013 | UPDATED: 10:10 12 July 2013

Ashton Agar

Ashton Agar

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EARLIER in the season he was playing at Digswell Park in Welwyn Garden City. He also scalped four wickets against North Mymms CC.

Now he is one of the most talked about names in the cricketing world after his spectacular debut performance for Australia against England in The Ashes.

Ashton Agar yesterday smashed a record knock for a number 11 in a Test of 98 in Australia’s first innings, in what was a rescue mission that has given his side a real chance in the opening Test.

He was also part of a record-breaking 10th wicket partnership with Phil Hughes (81 not out) of 163.

Back on May 18, he was playing for Henley in their Home Counties Premier Cricket League against Welwyn Garden City, where he collected the wicket of Alex Chalker.

His Henley side ran riot, as they bowled Welwyn Garden City out for a paltry 75. In response Agar didn’t get chance to bat as Henley reached 76-2.

Then on May 25, North Mymms were the opposition for the 19-year-old Agar, and he enjoyed a fine day on the wicket.

Agar finished with bowling figures of 4-36, including a hat-trick of lbws, as he collected the wickets of Mymms’ Stephen Snell, Rhys Carter, Neil Bamford and Jigar Mehta, the latter pair both to ducks.

Again, Agar didn’t get chance to bat, as Mymms’ total of 166 was reached by his Henley side, 171-1.

His spectacular batting performance, perhaps soured a little by being only two runs short of a century, helped Australia post a total of 280 - a remarkable total considering at one point they were 117-9.

England reached 215 all out in their opening innings, and are currrently at 80-2 in their second innings, with play scheduled to resume at 11am.

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