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Ashton Agar: Record-breaking cricket star on the rise

Ashton Agar: Record-breaking cricket star on the rise

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:29 AEST

Australian cricket debutant Ashton Agar has put on a record breaking performance on day two of the opening Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

After his record breaking innings, 19-year-old Ashton Agar spoke to the ABC's Jim Maxwell.

Presenter: Jim Maxwell,

Speaker: Ashton Agar, Australian cricketer

JIM MAXWELL: What a day for you. What were you thinking when you went out to bat?

ASHTON AGAR: I was thinking we were in a little bit of trouble but I was thinking that the wicket was pretty good and if I could get myself in and try and get a bit of a partnership with Hughsie, it would be okay.

JIM MAXWELL: And that partnership, how much talk was there between you and what did the senior pros that were, although you out-scored him, Hughes have to say?

ASHTON AGAR: He just said to take it ball by ball. I think that's what we were concentrating on. We knew if we took it, you know, one ball at a time we'd be okay. Just play in the moment and forget about everything after that.

JIM MAXWELL: Well, you played exceptionally well and the thing is you've looked composed from the time that Glenn McGrath gave you your cap. Where is this confidence come from?

ASHTON AGAR: I've always just tried to play freely and naturally and I've, in all honesty I don't get too nervous. I just try and really enjoy the game. I know there's a lot of people who'd love to be doing what I'm doing so I'm pretty happy to be doing it.

JIM MAXWELL: And just on your batting today, I don't think there are any strokes you didn't play. What did you fancy about the England bowling, you seem to take a liking to Steve Finn?

ASHTON AGAR: I don't mind facing short pitch bowling. I sort of like to take it on but it wasn't doing too much the ball, like, it was quite old when I was out there and the wicket was pretty flat so I was pretty lucky in that regard.

JIM MAXWELL: Were you conscious of being in the 90s and when you got to 98?

ASHTON AGAR: Yeah I was. I was conscious about it but I wouldn't say I was any more nervous than I was when I was on one. I was pretty relaxed and just trying to do my best for the team really.

JIM MAXWELL: Cause you were struck by a short one from Broad. Did that have any effect on the way you were going to approach it?

ASHTON AGAR: No, not at all. I noticed they put a couple back and he sort of bowled it in the right spot and it got me but…

JIM MAXWELL: So you were going to take him on regardless, with that field back?

ASHTON AGAR: Oh, I was going to try and hit the gap but in that, yeah, that last shot I don't know. I sort of tried to hit down on it and hit it a bit too flat, should have hit up.

JIM MAXWELL: I mean it's great to get 98 but in the end were you disappointed not to get 100?

ASHTON AGAR: Oh, a little bit I guess but I was pretty rapt to get 98. I didn't really think I was going to get 98 walking out there but, you know, to have Hughsie at the other end really supporting me and really a senior player in the side now, it's good.

JIM MAXWELL: And what did it mean to have your family here to support you for this?

ASHTON AGAR: Oh everything. Absolutely everything. I kept looking over at them and they're, you know, constantly cheering me. So it's good to know I've got that solid support.

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