Henley’s Agar… Australian’s Man of the Match

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Ashton Agar, who played the opening three matches for Henley Cricket Club was Australia’s new bright young star of the first Ashes match at Trent Bridge.  Agar who helped Henley win those first games in Division 1 of the Home Counties Premier League, gave a stunning all round performance with both bat and ball. His record breaking 98 runs for an 11th man in test history on day two and then his second-innings bowling of 2 for 82 from 35 overs bowled over the Australian fans including personal congratulations from Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

 

Agar, who’s still a teenager at 19, was clean-bowling Ricky Ponting in the net as a warm-up act before Australia’s Boxing Day Test in Melbourne just 18 months ago. He made his first-class debut for Western Australia five months ago and then  was fast-tracked to tour India with Australia in March, picking up four wickets in the two matches he played.

 

He was only playing for Henley as part of an arrangement with Hampshire, who had brought him over as part of a tie-up with Cricket Australia.  He played the warm up game for Australia against Worcestershire before he got his call up for the test side on Wednesday last week.

 

“The thing that struck me most about Ashton was his professionalism,” recalled David Barnes, Henley’s vice-captain and self-employed plumber, who disclosed that Agar had been handed the nickname ‘Scotty’ by his Henley team-mates on account of his uncanny resemblance to the Australian golfer, and new Masters champion, Adam Scott.