Cricket

Agar wanted to emulate hero Waugh

Agar hit 98 runs on his Australian Test debut (©GettyImages)
Agar hit 98 runs on his Australian Test debut (©GettyImages).

It was the moment that saved a Test career and became etched in the consciousness of all Australian sports fans.

The nations hero, Stephen Roger Waugh, had been struggling in one of the worst patches of his decorated cricket career.

As the fifth Test of the Ashes series of 2003 rolled around, the Australian captain was batting to save his career. What happened next has gone down in Australian sporting history.

England off spinner Richard Dawson was at the top of his mark about to deliver the final ball of an enthralling day of cricket at the most famous and storied of grounds.

The Australian captain had forged his way to 98 and was on the brink of a career saving century against the old enemy.

Dawson delivered the ball full and wide of the off stump, tempting the Aussie skipper into the flashiest of cover drives that flew to the boundary and capped off one of the most famous sporting moments at a ground that has seen over 100 years of action.

What was not known at the time, was that there was a young boy in Victoria, sitting watching with bated breath, his name, Ashton Agar.

Agar, now a young man, came so close to emulating his hero with a stunning 98, the record for a number 11 batsman in the history of Test cricket.

Agar told FoxSports: "One of my favourite Ashes moments was Steve Waugh hitting four runs off the last ball of the day to make his hundred and to make a hundred in an Ashes Test would have been awesome, but I'm very happy.

"It was a bit out of the ordinary. Obviously it's a dream to make a Test match hundred but I didn't really dream I was going to make 98 on debut so I'm very very happy.

"It's a dream come true. That's what it is to me. Forever I've dreamed of playing Test cricket for Australia and for my debut to start the way it has I'm over the moon. I'm very happy."

Agar has now done his bit to inspire a nation of youngsters to follow their dreams and hopefully, one day, a young boy who was sitting in front of his television screen, will recall a moment from Trent Bridge in 2013, the day he became inspired to become a Test cricketer.

 

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