Cricket: Agar falls short of ton as Australia out for 280

Ashton Agar fell agonisingly short of becoming the first Test match No 11 to score a century when he was dismissed for 98 on the second day of the first Ashes Test against England at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

The 19-year-old, making his Test debut, was in sight of three figures when he holed out off Stuart Broad to Graeme Swann at deep midwicket.

Agar's exit saw Australia dismissed for 280 in reply to Ashes-holders England's first innings 215 -- a lead of 65 runs.

His innings was the highest score by a Test match No 11, surpassing Tino Best's 95 for the West Indies against England at Edgbaston last year.

Western Australia's Agar, primarily a left-arm spinner, had only played 10 first-class matches before his shock call-up for this match with a previous highest score of 71 not out.

Australia were in dire straits at 117 for nine.

But a Test record last-wicket stand of 163 between Phil Hughes (81 not out) and Agar turned the tide.

The previous 10th-wicket partnership record of 151 was shared jointly by Brian Hastings and Richard Collinge for New Zealand against Pakistan at Auckland in 1972/73 and Azhar Mahmood and Mushtaq Ahmed for Pakistan against South Africa at Rawalpindi in 1997/98.

This is the first of a five-Test series.