Cricket: Australia lead England by 65 runs after Agar's record-breaking innings

NOTTINGHAM (AFP) - Ashton Agar fell agonisingly short of becoming the first Test match No. 11 to score a century, as 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.

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.