Lynette Waugh rushed to hospital August 6, 2006

Brain surgery for Waugh's wife

Cricinfo staff

The Waugh family © Getty Images

The wife of Australia's former captain, Steve Waugh, has undergone surgery for a blood clot on her brain. Lynette Waugh, 38, was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick on Thursday and underwent the operation the following morning.

Steve and Lynette have been married for 15 years and have three children, Rosie, 10, Austin, six, and Lily, four. She is "fighting and fighting very well," her father-in-law, Roger Waugh, told the Nine Network, while Steve's twin Mark and his wife Kim have both visited the hospital. "We've seen her," said Mark. "She's going well."

Waugh, 41, was named Australian Father of the Year last year, but lauded Lynette's role during the years he spent away on tour. "While I was away for a lot of years playing cricket, [Lynette] was basically the lone parent," he said. "So I congratulate Lynette, this award is probably more for you than me."