Full name Stephen Rodger Waugh
Born June 2, 1965, Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales
Current age 52 years 262 days
Major teams Australia, Ireland, Kent, New South Wales, Somerset
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
In a nutshell Steve Waugh, the embodiment of true Australian grit, evolved from a raw 20-year-old talented batsman and medium-pacer into a cricketer who eliminated risk from his game. He led Australia in 15 of their world-record 16 consecutive Test wins and to the 1999 World Cup title, playing 168 Tests and collecting 10,927 runs on the way More
|Test debut||Australia v India at Melbourne, Dec 26-30, 1985 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v India at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 2004 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Melbourne, Jan 9, 1986 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v South Africa at Perth, Feb 3, 2002 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney, Mar 4-7, 2004 scorecard|
|List A debut||1984/85|
|Last List A||New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Feb 22, 2004 scorecard|
Steve Waugh is the ultimate evolved cricketer. Thrown to the wolves at 20, he flailed at all bowling, sent down bouncers at Viv Richards, and tasted Ashes defeat. Then he helped win a World Cup and made 393 runs before losing his wicket in England in 1989 - but admitted that he did not understand his own game, and 18 months later lost his place to his minutes-younger twin, Mark. It was his catharsis. Upon his recall, he minimalised his batsmanship, forgoing risk and waiting for the loose ball, which he still punished severely. He was all but forced to give up bowling by back problems. A series of epic innings ensued, none better than his 200 in Jamaica in 1994-95 to speed Australia to an historic series win, or his twin hundreds at Old Trafford to turn the 1997 Ashes series.
He succeeded Mark Taylor as Test captain in 1999, and began with a torrid 2-2 draw in the Caribbean, but later led Australia boldly in 15 of their world-record 16 successive Test victories. With Shane Warne, he turned Australia's form around so completely in the 1999 World Cup that they won it, and he became (with Tom Moody) the first Australians to win the trophy twice. But he was denied the opportunity to defend his title when he was unceremoniously axed from the one-day side, like Taylor before him, following Australia's poor showing in the 2001-02 VB Series. He railed against his omission, but even he couldn't reverse it.
He continued as Test captain, though, winning yet another Ashes series in 2002-03, and continuing (after frenzied debate) for the West Indian tour that followed Australia's 2003 World Cup win under Ricky Ponting. An inveterate sightseer, Waugh wrote a series of successful tour diaries, helped set up a charity for the daughters of lepers in Calcutta, and subscribed fervently to the power of the mind. At 36, he won the Allan Border Medal as Australia's best player of 2001. He finally retired at the end of the 2003-04 series against India, bowing out with 80, his last shot an untypical heave to backward square leg.
Gideon Haigh on Steve Waugh
The martial air of his name extended to the field, where he was as ruthless and relentless as he was self-effacing off of it
Waugh was outstanding against England, and his batting stats in his last 11 years were among the best in the world
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1989
Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year 2000-01
Allan Border Medal 2001