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Test debutante restores Australia's cricket hopes

Test debutante restores Australia's cricket hopes

Updated 12 July 2013, 15:28 AEST

The 2000th player to play test cricket, Australia's Ashton Agar, has written himself into the record books.

The 19-year-old was largely unheard of until last night when batting last for his country against England in the Ashes.

He became the highest scoring test match number 11 in history, and together with Phil Hughes, produced a world record partnership.

Agar, who has a Sri Lankan heritage, was out for 98, caught as he went for the boundary that would have taken him to a century.

It was startling performance by a young man in his very test match, and one that lifted the gloom in the Australian dressing room.

His previous experience of playing in England was restricted to playing just four matches earlier this year for the Henley Cricket Club.

Presenter: Mary Gearin, Europe correspondent

Speaker: Todd Ferguson, Ashton Agar's cricket coach

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