Brisbane: The name ‘Agar’ was trending on Twitter and former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan even admitted that he was cheering for an Australian. One well known India-based commentator also said that it helped him fall in love with cricket all over again.
     
19-year-old Ashton Agar's defiant knock of 98 runs in his test debut brought out all the superlatives, nearly matching the long-list of records he set in the first Ashes test on Thursday. The clock was ticking a few minutes before midnight and a new day on Friday on Australia's east coast when Agar fell two runs short of a century.
     
It however did hardly matter and the youngster was immediately hailed as a hero and he featured as the lead subject on all breakfast television programmes.
     
Agar undoubtedly saved the day for Australia at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, as he notched the highest score by a number 11 batsman in a record last-wicket stand of 163 runs with Phillip Hughes who scored 81 not out, as Australia recovered from 117-9 to 280 all out for a first-innings lead of 65. England ended the second day at 80-2 and secured a slender lead of 15 runs.

The previous highest score for a number 11 batsman was West Indies cricketer Tino Best's 95 against England last year. "I'm feeling your pain lad ... records are to be broken," Best tweeted. "Must say we number 11 batters, in Agar and myself, love this English bowling attack."

(Agencies)

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