Jason Sangha Becomes the Youngest Australian to Score a First-Class Century Against England
18-year-old Australian Jason Sangha who was playing in suburban Penrith in Sydney’s west last week neared the records set by former greats Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting and smashed the England bowling line-ups and ended up scoring a brilliant 133. The innings along with the partnership of 263 runs with Matt Short was enough to derail England’s preparation for the Ashes starting in 5 day’s time at the Gabba in Brisbane.
The pair hasn’t played in Sheffield Shield Games so far and have just been involved in five first-class games between, but that it didn’t deter the young guns as they made light work of the England bowlers.
He is the 2nd youngest after Tendulkar to score a first-class century against England while he is also the youngest Australian to score a first-class century against England at the age of 18 years.
“Scoring a hundred against England is pretty good,” Sangha said. “It would definitely be up there (as one of my best days). You can’t really get too caught up in facing this bowler or that I’m facing Broad or Woakes. You’ve really got to try and treat them as any other bowler,” added Sangha.
Sangha has been considered as an impressive youngster and has long been part of Cricket Australia’s Development Pathway System and will continue to be so in the future. He looked unfazed against a quality England bowling attack, and it is a clear indication that he has a bright future ahead of him.
Meanwhile, the first Ashes Test is scheduled to begin from 23rd November and England will be a pretty worried unit going into the first Test. Jake Ball is expected to be fit for the opening Test but it remains to be seen whether he gets the nod or rookie Craig Overton gets his maiden Test cap.
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