Thursday, July 11

Agar to the rescue

With England all out before the end of the first day, of the first test, it appeared as if the Australians were up to the task at hand.

The task of course to return home with the ashes.

Given all the off field excitement within the ranks of Australian cricket there was much anticipation as to how the team would perform under their new coach, Daren Lehmen. Having bowled the English team out for what seemed the lowly total of 215 Australian cricket fans were given much needed hope.

Hope that was quickly shattered as the Australian batting line up crumbled faster than ever before.

English fast bowler, James Anderson, who in my opinion is beyond good looking, dismantled the Aussie batting line up. Shredding through the middle order leaving the tail end to wag like it never has before.

Enter 19 year old Ashton Agar.

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In his debut match for the baggy greens and only his eleventh first class game Agar walks away with more records that many of his team mates made runs. He is now the highest scoring number 11 batsman.

Along with Phil Hughes, Agar restored hope when it was needed most. Taking to the field after watching his team mates fall like flies Agar showed courage and skill beyond his years. A breath if fresh air and admirable skill in such a young man. Agar is just what Australian cricket needed.

By lunch the Huges and Agar partnership had equalized the scoreboard and then take the lead. Shortly after lunch the pair took the record for the highest scoring tenth wicket partnership and Agar headed towards a maiden test century.

Sadly it was not to be.

Agar fell to ball from Broad that he misjudged and hit straight to Swann. With a lead of 65 Australia will take to the field inspired by the earnest battle of a teenager who fell two short of a century in his debut match for his country in the first Ashes Test.

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  1. God, it was killing me yesterday, got all excited when we bowled them out really quick - then our batting just went totally arse-up, very disappointing! And good on Agar, would've liked to have seen him get a ton, but not to be. Fingers crossed we can bowl them out quickly again! Also - nice to see some cricket posts in Blogland!! :)

    1. Nice to see some fellow cricket lovers in blog land as well. There will be a few more cricket posts coming so stay tuned! It would have been wonderful for Agar to score a ton, maybe next time

  2. YAY - looks like there are a few cricket fans - we can have funon twitter during the game (or at least during the parts of the game when we are awake !!!)
    I was so disappointed when he missed out on his ton - poor bugger had done so well. What a great experience for him though - wonder what he will be able to do to top that ?
    Have the best day !

    1. yeah poor bugger indeed. Still plenty of time for him though, what a wonderful first effort. Just what the doctor ordered. Totaly yay for bloggy cricket fans

  3. All that and he's hot stuff too!!! x


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