Ashes 2013 Scorecard: Most Impressive Early Performances in Match

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2013

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Jonathan Trott of England during day two of the 1st Investec Ashes Test match between England and Australia at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on July 11, 2013 in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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In one of the oldest rivalries in sports, Australia and England continue to battle for the Ashes Urn. With eight wickets remaining in England's second innings, Australia lead by 54 runs at tea on Day 2.

For continuous updates on the match, check out the live scoreboard from The Sun.

While there is still plenty of action remaining in the contest, it will take a strong effort for the English to get back into the match. 

To this point, however, there have been quite a few impressive individual performances. 

 

Ashton Agar, Australia

Making his international debut, Ashton Agar has been simply incredible. The 19-year-old batted at No. 11 and did not take long to make history in that spot, according to FOX Sports News:

As BBC Sport points out, Agar finished with 98 runs in his impressive debut:

Like many, he was disappointed that he did not reach the 100 milestone, but that still does not take away from the impressive performance to give his side an early advantage.

It is clear that there will be many more successful matches for Agar in the future for Australia. 

 

Phil Hughes, Australia

While Agar was the man to watch as he approached a century, Phil Hughes was also a big part of the success.

As the Twitter account for the ICC noted, the partnership between the two players was historic:

Hughes finished with 81 runs in the first innings and helped give Australia momentum as the match continued.

Of course, some analysts like Richie Benaud were surprised by the showing of the veteran, who has struggled at times in his career:

Still, Hughes has proven himself with this strong showing.

 

Jonathan Trott, England

One player who did well in the first inning was Jonathan Trott, who scored 48 runs with nine fours. He was the top scorer for his side and gave his team hope going forward.

Unfortunately, he ruined that in the second innings with a golden duck after being given out lbw on review by the video umpire.

As BBC TMS notes, this is rare for the player:

However, this poor effort will hurt England for the remainder of the match, and it virtually takes away his good performance from the first innings.

 

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