Twitter goes gaga for Agar
Ashton Agar needed a bit of help from technology, surviving a stumping shout, but his confident shot-making had the Twitterverse agog.
Day two of the first Test at Trent Bridge was dominated by the near-century from teen debutant Ashton Agar, whose 98 rescued Australia from 117 for nine and took them to 280 all out.
He recorded the highest Test score by a number 11, and set the new record for the 10th wicket, with Phil Hughes, who made 81 not out. He needed a bit of help from technology, surviving a stumping shout, but his confident shot-making had the Twitterverse agog.
Players, celebrities and pundits were effusive in their praise, with many an Englishman also cheering for him as he neared his ton. It was not to be though, as he was caught in the deep by Graeme Swann off Stuart Broad.
Hollywood actor and patriotic Aussie <b>Hugh Jackman</b> wrote: "Ashton Agar. A day you or any cricket fan will never forget!!!!! What a test match!! Gripped!"
Australia Prime Minister <b>Kevin Rudd</b> took time from his electioneering to tweet: "What a stunning, gutsy, agonising 98 from Ashton Agar in the Ashes Test. Full marks to Hughes. Well done guys. KRudd"
Cricket fan, actor and intellectual <b>Stephen Fry</b> lamented: "I'm supposed to be concentrating on writing a book but how can I concentrate with this epically mad test match going on?"
<b>Glenn McGrath</b>, who gave Agar his Test cap on Wednesday, and who held the record for an Aussie number 11 (61), said: "An amazing debut innings by Ashton Agar and 10th wicket partnership with Phillip Hughes. Dual World Records!!"
Pakistan bowler <b>Azhar Mahmood</b>, who held the previous 10th wicket record with Mushtaq Ahmed, was not gutted about the lost accolade: "Well done to Agar and Hughes on their 10th wicket partnership.16 years later our partnership record is broken."
West Indies bowler <b>Tino Best</b>, who held the previous number 11 record, wrote: "Morning twitter just woke up and saw my record is in deep trouble #ashes well played AGAR #11 ….go on lad get a big one."
As the ton drew nearer, Best mentioned that his knock was also against England: "Must say we as number 11 batters in Agar and myself love this English bowling attack #SweetLikeSugarCane #agar #Ashes"
<b>Graeme Swann</b>, who caught Agar on 98, tweeted after the match: "Hats off to Agar today for a great knock on debut. What a test match this is turning out to be."
He then added: "Those of you suggesting I should've dropped him to let him get a ton are surely joking?"
Australia all-rounder <b>Glenn Maxwell</b> wrote: "I think it's fair to say that every cricket fan in the world has a new favourite player!! What an amazing effort on debut. Well played."
Former Aussie fast bowler <b>Brett Lee</b> was impressed by Agar's stamina, tweeting: "Agar should be sponsored by AA batteries! Keeps on going."
Former Aussie paceman <b>Dirk Nannes</b> was equally impressed, writing: "Very happy to have witnessed that innings. Couldn't move from my seat for the last few hours! Well done Agar … Bloody brilliant to see!"
Fellow spinner <b>Shane Warne</b> reminded Agar what his real job was: "Wow !!!! Sounded like an amazing day at Trent Bridge. Congrats to Mr Agar. Well done buddy, awesome.. Wickets for you now too please #ashes"
Talk show host and professional troublemaker <b>Piers Morgan</b>: Just stirred in NY to see Australia's No11 batsman got 98? Is this some sort of sick, depraved, twisted joke? #Agar #theashes
Football and Twitter celebrity <b>Joey Barton</b> wrote while Agar was still batting: "If ever somebody deserved a century. Go on lad… #Agar #Ashes"
Legendary Aussie golfer <b>Greg Norman</b> said: "Pure guts and determination by Agar. A performance like this can instill fire in the rest of the team. @CricketAus needed an injection of will."
Former Australia batsman <b>Greg Blewett</b> was impressed with Agar's attitude and wrote: "Ashton Agar take a bow. That was just brilliant to watch #greatsmile #bigheart"
Australia big-hitter <b>Aaron Finch</b> extolled the virtues of Test cricket: "Amazing scenes! Agar and hughsey on fire! This is why test cricket is the best, nothing is ever guaranteed! #ashes"
Cricket writer <b>Scyld Berry</b> waxed poetic: "Australia's 19 year-old star/ Their allrounder Ashton Agar/Has batted so well/And given England such hell/They now have Agaropho-bi-a."
Sunrisers Hyderabad coach, and former Australia player <b>Tom Moody</b> reminded the masses: "We mustn't forget Phil Hughes innings under enormous pressure, easily missed in the shadow of Ashton Agar's heroics. #ashes"
Former England skipper <b>Michael Vaughan</b>, an incorrigible Aussie baiter on Twitter, wrote: "Never ever thought I would say I am disappointed a Aussie got out but I really wanted Ashton Agar to get a 100… #Ashes"
Former England all-rounder and Ashes winner <b>Andrew Flintoff</b> also wanted the teen to do well: "Just seen the cricket score! Strangely please for Agar."
Former England bowler <b>Matthew Hoggard</b> echoed the thoughts of many when he wrote: "Agar at 11? Maybe a little low!! Might be better suited a little higher up the order!'
South Africa fast bowler <b>Chris Morris</b> added his two cents: "Ashton Agar…take a bow son! #Respect"
Proteas middle order batsman <b>Colin Ingram</b> was impressed with the century stand, writing: "Awesome to be watching some quality test cricket! what a partnership!!quite remarkable from Agar!"
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