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Ashton Agar is the future of Australian cricket

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Just a few weeks ago Ashton Agar was unheard of, but now he's the name on everyone's lips.

When Agar stepped up to the crease on his debut, Australia were 117-9, when he left the field after being caught by Graeme Swann, they were on a very respectable 280. 

He broke several records on his debut; he helped put on a record score for the tenth wicket and scored the highest amount of runs for a number 11 ever, to name just two.

Since that memorable first innings, Agar has been moved up to number 8 in the batting line-up and has also made an impact on the bowling front, taking 2-82, which included the notable scalp of English Batsman Alastair Cook.

The 19-year-old has taken all of the media hype into his stride and is 100% focused on doing his best for Australia. His easy-going nature and dedicated attitude has led to him accumulating countless admirers across the cricketing world, many Australian and neutral fans are hoping Agar will lead his country to success in the not too distant future. 

It has also been discovered that Ashton Agar has two younger siblings who also have a huge amount of potential.

Ashton has admitted that he bases his game around his little brother Wesley. "I just try and emulate my little brother, if I can play anything like he can I will be happy", he said after scoring an incredible 98 runs.

Although much of the media coverage has been of his batting success, his bowling has also been of a very high standard. He bowls consistently at a good speed and while he doesn't get as much spin as the likes of Graeme Swann, he pitches the ball in dangerous areas and has plenty of patience, which is key for any spin bowler.

Australia's fall from grace has been well documented over the last year or so, losing the likes of Ricky Ponting, Justin Langer, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne has been difficult to overcome, and there was always bound to be a transition period.

Agar has proved to be Australia's brightest hope in the 2013 Ashes series cementing himself in Australia sporting history with his performances, and most Aussies are pinning their hopes on him for the future.

 

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