Congratulations Ashton Agar!
De La Salle College is a very proud place to be right now as we honour and celebrate the extraordinary debut performance from our very own Ashton Agar in the recent First Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.
Ashton began his schooling at De La Salle in 2006 and represented the College in ACC Cricket from Year 8 through to Year 12. He has been a very talented all rounder since a young age as a left arm orthodox spin bowler and left handed batsman.
Ashton played in the De La Salle “Back to Back” ACC Senior Cricket Premierships in 2010 and 2011. The De La Salle First XI were undefeated in these two years and Ashton was the very proud captain of the 2011 De La Salle Premiership Team. As well as being captain of the Cricket Team, he was also a 2011 College Leader and Vice Captain of the College in his final year at De La Salle. Ashton achieved an impressive ATAR score of 90.55 in 2011, securing a place to study Law at Deakin University.
Ashton’s boyhood dream to represent Australian Cricket was realized last Wednesday, 10 July when he was named in the Australian XI to take on England in the First Test at Trent Bridge. To just be selected at the age of 19 is amazing but what he set about achieving in the subsequent days had to be seen to be believed.
With Australia 9 – 117 in their first innings chasing England’s total of 215, Ashton strode to the middle at Trent Bridge for his batting debut for his country. Defying any nerves and the pressure of the situation, Ashton proceeded to make 98 runs in a batting display of skill and determination that the cricket world had never seen before from a No 11 batsman.
He not only became the highest scorer for the Australian innings and captured 2 wickets in the England 2nd innings, he is now the custodian of the following cricket records:
- Highest ever individual score by any Number 11 batsman.
- Highest score and first 50 by a Number 11 batsman on debut.
- 2nd fastest 50 runs scored on debut by a Number 11 Batsman.
- World record partnership with Phil Hughes for the 10th wicket of 163 runs.
Ashton’s 2 younger brothers are current De La Salle students. Will is in Year 12 and is the 2013 Vice Captain of the College and captained the De La Salle First XI in the ACC Competition earlier this year. Wes is in Year 11 and both Will and Wes are also very talented cricketers who always represent DLS in ACC Cricket. His brothers along with Ashton’s proud parents, John and Sonia, enjoyed every moment of Ashton’s memorable debut in the First Test.
Ashton richly deserves his success at such a young age as it has been achieved not just through talent but great dedication and persistence. The De La Salle College community is extremely proud of Ashton and we wish him well for the remainder of this Ashes series and beyond.