Ashes: Australia's record-breaking No 11 Ashton Agar delighted to put England to sword
Australia teenager Ashton Agar reflected back on "probably the best day of my life" after starring in the Ashes on debut
Last Updated: 12/07/13 6:47am
Australia looked set to concede a potentially crucial first-innings deficit when debutant Agar walked to the crease with his side in massive trouble on 117-9 in pursuit of England's 215.
However, in partnership with Phil Hughes (81no), Agar turned things round in stunning fashion as he made a Test record 98 as a No 11.
That 10th-wicket stand of 163 with fellow left-hander Hughes was also another world record and helped Australia reach 280 all out and a 65-run lead.
Agar, who has toiled so far in his main job as a spinner with figures of 53-0 off 16 overs over two innings, told Sky Sports: "It's been a great day, it's probably the best day so far in my life. I'm rapt."
The 19-year-old had looked destined for an unprecedented century when he was finally dismissed as Graeme Swann held him in the deep off the bowling of Stuart Broad.
Agar was far from disappointed at his agonising dismissal and added: "I hit it a bit better than I thought I was going to actually. Look, I was really happy. In all honesty I didn't really think I'd come out and make 98, so to have that happen on my first day is fantastic.
"It was good to get the team out of a bit of a sticky situation and get a bit of a lead."
Agar also spoke of his pride at being able to wear the Baggy Green cap, which was presented to him prior to the start of the match by legendary Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, who also had some words of advice for the newcomer.
"I don't want to take it off, it's very special to me," said Agar.
"He (McGrath) just say there's a lot of honour, pride and respect that goes into the cap, he told me I'm not alone out there and he just said to go out and enjoy it and play the way you play because that's what's got you here. It was a very, very special moment."