Australia’s tenth wicket pair Philip Hughes and Ashton Agar broke sixteen-year long record of Pakistan on second day of the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge. Hughes and Agar scored 163 runs for tenth wicket, surpassing Azhar Mahmood and Mushtaq Ahmed’s tally of 151 which came against South Africa in Rawalpindi 1997.
20-year-old Ashton Agar, who was handed debut being a spinner, left everyone gobsmacked with his batting performance. Agar however couldn’t emulate one more record which Azhar Mahmood got in the match at Rawalpindi – century on Test debut. Agar was caught by Graeme Swann off Stuart Broad at 98, but he left the field smiling as his innings helped Australia to recover from 117-9 to 280, which earned Australia a crucial lead of 65 runs.
Hughes scored unbeaten 81 as well, but his innings got completely overshadowed by Agar’s masterpiece.
The tenth wicket partnership was not the only world record which was made during the first Ashes Test. Ashton Agar (98) also broke Tino Best’s record of 95, the highest individual score by number 11 batsman in Test Cricket, which interestingly also came against England only a year ago at Edgbaston.
Trivia: In the aforementioned match at Rawalpindi, two Pakistan players scored centuries on Test debut – Ali Naqvi (115) and Azhar Mahmood (128*). It remains only incident in history of Cricket where two batsmen from same team scored centuries on Test debut in same match.
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