Friday 12 July 2013 

Social Media Asks 'Who Is Ashton Agar?'

Ashton Agar's incredible debut had social media abuzz
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Breakdown of social media conversations on the second day of the opening Ashes Tests reveals some fascinating statistics surrounding Ashton Agar's incredible debut at Trent Bridge.

The largely unknown 19-year-old smashed 98 to help Australia go from 117 for nine to 280 all out as they moved into a first-innings lead.

A study by Crimson Hexagon using the ForSight platform has analysed more than 44,000 posts relating to Agar, who quickly became a trending topic on Twitter as his innings went on.

Unsurprisingly Australia and England led the way in terms of users getting to grips with Test cricket's newest hero but mentions came in from all around the world, with fans in India and the United States of America also getting involved. 

Most countries in Europe, Russia, Canada and South America also picked up on his feats, showing just how much of a global reach cricket, and social media has, particularly during major series such as The Ashes.

Who Is Ashton Agar?

As the graphic below shows, the majority of mentions were enquiries about who he was, where he had come from, followed by posts about his remarkable debut, amazing batting and finally his record-breaking score of 98.

Perhaps proving that cricket is a game for everybody, there were 684 posts about his looks!

Who Is Ashton Agar?

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