Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:30:00 GMT | By Reuters

Australia's Agar lights up Trent Bridge

19-year-old Agar shared a record last-wicket partnership of 163 with Phil Hughes to give Australia a lead of 65


Australia's Agar lights up Trent Bridge (© AP)

Number 11 Ashton Agar made an astonishing record 98 on debut as Australia seized control of the first Ashes test against England on a wildly fluctuating second day at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The 19-year-old Agar shared a record last-wicket partnership of 163 with Phil Hughes to give Australia a lead of 65 before England recovered from the loss of two early wickets to reach 80 for two in their second innings at the close.

Alastair Cook, on 37, and Kevin Pietersen, 35, were the not out batsmen and they will resume with England 15 runs ahead after an enthralling start to the series.

England had dominated the first part of morning session when Australia collapsed to 117 for nine before Agar and Hughes came together.

Agar's innings was the highest score by a number 11 in tests and Hughes gave him solid support with an unbeaten 81.

England's James Anderson earlier produced an inspired display of swing bowling as Australia, after resuming on 75 for four, lost five wickets for nine runs and the hosts looked poised to lead by around a hundred on first innings.

Steve Smith became the first player to pass fifty in the match and had moved on to 53 when he tried to drive Anderson through extra cover and nicked a catch to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, sparking a flurry of wickets.

Graeme Swann produced a ripping off-break to bowl Brad Haddin for one, Peter Siddle edged Anderson through to Prior and Mitchell Starc went the same way for a duck.

James Pattinson was trapped lbw by Swann for two and Australia were reeling.

But Agar showed great composure in only his 11th first-class match, driving Swann over long-off for six and pulling Steven Finn for two fours as the last-wicket pair brought up their fifty partnership off only 60 balls.

Agar reached his half century with a two off Anderson, getting to the landmark off exactly 50 balls including one six and seven fours.

He dispatched Swann for another six over long-on and Hughes joined the party after passing his fifty, smashing Stuart Broad for three fours in an over.

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