Ashton Agar wrote himself into Ashes folklore with a stunning 98 on debut to stun the cricketing world.
He arrived, he conquered. On day one the nerves shown by the majority of batsmen on both sides was painfully evident. On day two a number 11 batsman on debut showed them all up with a temperament worthy of a Dhoni or a Kallis.
As the records tumbled and Agar became the most successful number 11 batsman in the history of Test cricket, it wasn't just the runs he continued to compile but the way he did it. He walked to the crease with Australia hopelessly struggling at with Swann and Anderson in rampant mood. England had reduced Australia from 108-4 to 117-9 in five overs. If anyone could've been forgiven for succumbing to the pressure, it'd be Agar. He proved everyone wrong, very wrong.
So extraordinary was the nature of his innings that Phil Hughes the senior player, played second fiddle in a world record partnership of 163 runs in just 33 overs.
England were far too slow in reacting too and accepting Agar's brilliance. Finn's game plan to pepper him with short balls went on for far too long. By that time he'd realized it wasn't working, Agar had comfortably moved on to a run a ball 30odd.
The comfortable way in which he smashed boundry after boundry regardless of whether it was Swann bowling or Anderson was a glorious spectacle.
As he moved onto the 98, even the most cynical England fan must've secretly been hoping for the young man to reach the historic landmark. Alas it wasn't to be. With England adopting a short ball strategy, three men out on the leg side boundry, he finally succumbed to a Broad bouncer. Timing his hook to perfection the Australian players leaped with joy in anticipation of the boundry to bring up his century, but Swann took a diving catch at deep midwicket. Gasps reverberated around the ground, followed by rapturous applause as a 19-year-old playing club cricket at Henley earlier this year wrote his name into cricketing and Ashes folklore.