Ashton Agar makes friends in Sussex

Ashton Agar talks to fans
Ashton Agar talks to fans
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Ashton Agar talks to a fan (photo by Danny Simpson) during Australia’s visit to Sussex last week. The Ashes touring side were in Hove for a three-day game in between the Second Test at Lord’s and Third Test at Old Trafford.

The Aussies have had a tough time of things since arriving on English soil, having won only a Champions Trophy warm-up match against the West Indies and a four-day game against Somerset on their way to going 2-0 down in their battle with Alastair Cook’s men. But Michael Clarke’s troops at least managed a draw at Hove, even if captain Clarke himself was absent having decided to rest in London.

Guest player from Notts, James Taylor, celebrated his England Test call-up for the Third Test with a battling century.

His 121 not out came in Sussex’s reply of 368-7 to Australia’s first innings total of 366-5 declared, the tourists having won the toss and batted first.

Steve Smith scored 102 not out for the Aussies who had reached 152-2 in their second innings when the draw was agreed. Stand-in captain Ed Cowan took advantage of some batting practice by adding an unbeaten 77 to the 66 he made in the first innings. Other scores of note were Phillip Hughes’s first innings 84 and Rory Hamilton-Brown’s 73.

Spinner Monty Panesar, called up by England for the Third Test, took 3-110 in 38.4 overs in the match.