If this happened in baseball, he’d be subject to a urine test

July 12, 2013 · 0 comments

Because I find cricket so fascinating. From The Wall Street Journal‘s Daily Fix blog:

The Ashes: Record-Breaking Day at the Bottom of the Order

In cricket the last slot in the batting order is a little like the pitcher’s spot in National League baseball. It’s usually reserved for your weakest hitter and you’d be crazy to count on getting anything from it.

But on the second day of the Ashes Thursday, Australia’s Ashton Agar defied all orthodoxy to rescue his side and post a huge 98 runs against England. It was the highest total ever recorded in Test cricket by a No. 11 batsman, surpassing the previous record of 95, set last year by the West Indies’ Tino Best, also against England. In 136 years of Test cricket, the average No. 11’s score was just 8.56 runs, according to ESPN Cricinfo.

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