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James Anderson was producing a contented exhibition of reverse-swing bowling. Graeme Swann was finding substantial turn. Australia lost five wickets for nine runs in 31 balls. But if England had imagined that a decisive advantage in the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge was theirs for the taking as Australia's first innings shrivelled on a parched Trent Bridge morning, they reckoned without Ashton Agar.
Agar was a 19-year-old debutant at No. 11 who knew no fear. Sixty-nine not out at lunch, he now holds the highest score by a No. 11 in Australian Test history. He has shared in a transformational century stand for the last wicket with Phillip Hughes, a specialist batsman watching him in disbelief. He has even given Australia a first-innings lead and nobody, not the most one-eyed Australian alive, not his mother in her most doting mood imaginable, expected that.
Last summer, England conceded 95 to Tino Best, the highest score made in Tests by a No. 11, but that was explosive hitting; this was batting.