Nottingham - Ashton Agar was acclaimed a national sporting hero by Australia's press Friday after the youngster's record-breaking 98 on debut that has turned the opening Ashes Test against England.
Australian pace great and fellow number 11 Glenn McGrath said Agar's innings may have set the tone for the rest of the Ashes for Australia, who went into the five Tests series as underdogs.
"Wow !!!! Congrats to Mr Agar. Well done buddy, awesome... Wickets for you now too please."
"A week ago, he (Agar) was unsure if he would be remaining with the
squad, or jetting off to join an Australia A tour of Zimbabwe ... so
perhaps it is not completely surprising that the outstanding performance
has come from the player of whom least was anticipated, and in his
secondary skill at that."
"On Thursday Michael Clarke must have importuned his charges to pause in
their wound-licking and join him on the self same balcony to watch
Ashton Agar play an innings that surely no one will see again."