Johannesburg, July 12 (ANI): Australia debutant Ashton Agar's spectacular Ashes success as he struck an astonishing 98 against England in the second day of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, was a special reason to rejoice for cricketers from southern English side Henley.
Agar, whose innings was the highest score by a Test match No 11, had played in Henley only a few weeks ago through a development scheme Cricket Australia have with his county side Hampshire.
According to Sport24, Agar, who played in ten first-class matches for Western Australia and has a top score of 71 not out, then found himself drafted into Australia's Ashes squad and was then given a shock Test debut in the Ashes series opener in Nottingham.
Praising Agar, who was known as Scotty because of his resemblance to Australia's US Masters golf champion Adam Scott in Henley, the side's captain Bjorn Mordt said that Agar had settled in quickly at the club and was given a promotion there from No.5 as he batted seven for Western Australia.
Calling Agar a 'lovely bloke', Mordt further said that he was surprised to see Agar down at number 11 in the Ashes squad as he is not like the other youngsters who also play cricket, adding that it is a matter of time for Agar to take a Test wicket given that he has 31 first-class wickets to his name.
According to Mordt, Agar is probably the best spinner that he had ever seen as he has got good control, a slider, a good arm ball and had taken a hat-trick for Henley with three arm balls.
Further praising Agar, Mordt also said that Agar never seemed to get phased and pressurised.
Agar's innings surpassed Tino Best's 95 for the West Indies against England at Edgbaston last year, the report added. (ANI)