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Aussie record-holder Ashton Agar hailed as 'marketing sensation'
A day after his brilliant 98-run rearguard action against the English in the ongoing first Test match of the prestigious Ashes series in England, the 19-year-old debutant Ashton Agar after notching up the highest score by a No.11 batsman in cricket history, has 'set himself for life.'

Agar's exotic background in the form of his Sri Lankan mother, his boyish good looks and charming persona along with this bursting on the Ashes scene with a potentially crucial face-saving performance for Austrialia - has triggered immense interest in the lanky left-arm 6'1'' off-spinner and later order batsman.

His manager Jason Bakker has said that the new cricket sensation's phone has been ringing non-stop, and there's already talk of him soon joining the big league of money-making cricketers like Michael Clarke, and soon be part of future seasons of the Indian Premier League due to his excellent all-round abilities.

If the organisers of the IPL or the Sri Lankan Premier League think that [Agar's Sri Lankan] background is a bonus, that's up to them," Bakker told Fairfax Media, reported Sydney Morning Herald. "You can see that he's a Test cricketer. The IPL and the other stuff, he can look at that another time. It's all happened so quickly." Australian players such as Dan Christian, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron White already hold contracts in the region of $1 million each for playing in the IPL.

Bakker said he has already got calls from bat makers who are keen to sponsor Agar and from other companies who are seeking introductions and meetings for future deals. But Bakker, a former first-class cricketer for Victoria, admitted that all this attention will fade away if his client Ashton Agar does ont perform consistently.

Dominic Thornely, who manages Brett Lee, Pat Cummins and Tim Cahill, and other crickers, watched Agar's innings along with Bret Lee, and the pair was stunned at the social media reaction. "IPL teams straight away would be looking to snap him up," said Thornely, reported Sydney Morning Herald. "An orthodox spinner is ideal for IPL, and he's an aggressive batsman and a great fielder. It's a terrific package. And the fact is he looks very marketable, which would appeal to IPL teams as well. They're all businesses, those clubs. They need to run campaigns for those franchises. He'll fit right in.

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