Ashes paper talk

The match remains delicately poised after a fascinating day's play in Nottingham in which 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar etched his name in Ashes folklore.

Last Updated: 12/07/13 at 09:34 Post Comment

Paul Hayward - Daily Telegraph

The greatest innings by a No 11 batsman in Test cricket was also one of the finest in Ashes history, because it arrived from the bat of a 19-year-old with his team dangling at 117 for nine. Add those extra elements of youth and pressure to a swashbuckling knock of 98 and Ashton Charles Agar was guaranteed a place in folklore 24 hours after taking delivery of his Baggy Green cap.

Mike Selvey - Guardian

Only two days in and already this series has contained enough drama, twists and turns for HBO to have commissioned it for a box set. If Wednesday brought mayhem under gloomy skies as the bowlers ran riot, the second sunlit day provided a cricket story of a kind unmatched as long as Tests have been played. Barely 24 hours previously Ashton Agar, a teenager not even included among Australian pen portraits in the match programme, had been one of the longest shots ever to be selected for an Ashes Test as he was presented with his cap by Glenn McGrath. That status has changed somewhat: from anonymity he finds himself one of the most celebrated of Australians. How swiftly can such things happen.

Mike Atherton - The Times

Careers and reputations are made and broken in Ashes cricket. Yesterday, 19-year-old Ashton Agar, hitherto unknown in England, made certain that his name would go down in Ashes folklore when he hauled the Australian team off their knees. Agar propelled them not only to a first-innings lead, but a position of considerable strength. It was the kind of innings whose effects may be long-lasting.

Chloe Saltau - Sydney Morning Herald

England claims it was robbed of Jonathan Trott's wicket in the worst of three contentious umpiring decisions during the first Ashes Test. Trott was judged lbw by TV umpire Marais Erasmus during a critical patch of play before tea on day two. The original decision, from on-field umpire Aleem Dar, was not out but the Australians asked for a review under the Decision Review System. Fast bowler Jimmy Anderson said Trott was adamant he edged the ball onto his pad, and the decision was made despite there being no compelling evidence about a nick, and in the absence of a side-on angle from Hot Spot.

Greg Baum - The (Melbourne) Age

As Stan McCabe compiled a masterful 232 in an Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 1938, Don Bradman summoned teammates to the balcony of the unprepossessing Edwardian pavilion, saying that they would never see anything like this again. On Thursday Michael Clarke must have importuned his charges to pause in their wound-licking and join him on the selfsame balcony to watch Ashton Agar play an innings that surely no one will see again. When it was done, he even could have offered Agar the same salutation that Bradman did McCabe: "If I could play an innings like that, I'd be a proud man."

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