July 27, 1955
AB the baby
Allan Border is born in Sydney to John, a wool classer, and Sheila.
January 29, 1977
Makes his first-class debut
for New South Wales against Queensland at the SCG. Scores 36 in his only innings in the match.
December 29, 1978
No. 6 in Test No. 1
Makes his Test debut
at the MCG in the third Test of the Ashes series. Bats at No. 6 in both innings, scoring 29 in the first and a duck in the second.
March 15, 1979
First century, then hell
In his fourth Test, scores his first Test century
. His 105 comes batting at No. 3 in the second innings against Pakistan at the MCG. Wisden
describes the six-and-a-quarter-hour innings as notable for his footwork but when he falls, Border is the first victim in Sarfraz Nawaz's memorable spell of 7 for 1, which delivers Pakistan victory.
September 11-16, 1979
Home from home
In his first Test outside Australia, makes 162 and 50 against India in Madras
. His chances of a double-century are cut short when he is run out backing up at the non-striker's end, with Graham Yallop's straight drive ricocheting off the bowler's hand and crashing into the stumps.
March 18-23, 1980
Two times 150
Completes a remarkable double of 150 not out and 153 against Pakistan in Lahore
Ace in Ashes
Embarks on his first Ashes tour. Australia lose 3-1 but Border proves his class, finishing the tour as comfortably the leading run scorer
from either side. The tour ends with a remarkable string of 123 not out at Old Trafford, and 106 not out and 84 at The Oval.
Is named Wisden Cricketer of the Year for his efforts during the 1981 Ashes.
Hughes' tears, his cheer
Is handed the Australian captaincy after Kim Hughes' tearful resignation. Is a reluctant leader and in his first match as captain, Australia suffer a 191-run defeat at the hands of West Indies in Adelaide
First Ashes as captain
Leads Australia to England for the first time and his team suffers a 3-1 defeat. Is the team's best batsman by a stretch, second only to David Gower for the series, and in particular he stars in the victory at Lord's
. Scores 196 in the first innings and keeps Australia on track in their final chase of 127, when they lose six wickets.
September 18-22, 1986
Twice in a blue moon
Captains Australia in only the second tied Test in the game's history. Scores 106 in the match against India in Madras
November 8, 1987
Top of the world
Captains Australia to their first World Cup triumph when they beat England in the final at Eden Gardens
. Makes valuable contributions with both bat and ball, scoring 31 and then picking up two key wickets in England's chase.
December 14, 1987
Scores the first of his two Test double-centuries when he compiles 205 against New Zealand at Adelaide Oval
Dust to dust, Ashes to Australia
Returns to England as captain and becomes the first Australian leader since Bill Woodfull in 1934 to win back the Ashes in England. The touring party isn't given much hope at the start of the series, but dominates England throughout the tour. Border's own form is solid without being the star of the show: he puts a typically high price on his wicket and scores six half-centuries at an average of 73.66.
December 17, 1989
Bowlers' best friend
Breaks Greg Chappell's world record for most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in Test cricket. Achieves the milestone when he holds a catch off Merv Hughes to dismiss Sri Lanka's Rumesh Ratnayake in Hobart
January 16, 1990
Australia's winningest captain
Less than a month after breaking Chappell's catch record, he takes another record from the same man. With the win against Pakistan at the MCG
, his 49th Test as captain, breaks Chappell's Australian record of 48.
January 3, 1993
Against West Indies at the SCG
, Border drives Carl Hooper to mid-on to become just the second man in Test history to score 10,000 runs. Sunil Gavaskar is the only man to reach the milestone before Border.
February 26, 1993
Bye bye, Sunny
Passes Gavaskar's 10,122 runs to become the highest scorer in Test history. Does it with a lofted sweep for four to deep midwicket off Dipak Patel in front of a very small crowd in Christchurch
England, lovely England
Returns to England for the third time as captain and again leads Australia to an Ashes victory. Is the star at Headingley
, with an unbeaten 200 in the innings win, just days before his 38th birthday.
March 25-29, 1994
Au revoir, Allan
Plays his final Test and fittingly drops anchor to bat out a draw in Durban
. Finishes with a record 156 Tests, including more Tests as captain (93) than any other player - a record that stands 15 years later.
Ruthless captain = ruthless selector
Joins Australia's selection panel and is involved in the decisions to sack Steve Waugh as one-day captain and move Ian Healy and Mark Waugh into retirement. Resigns in 2005 before again becoming a selector briefly during 2006.
The name that stands for excellence
Is honoured with the first presentation of the Allan Border Medal, awarded to Australia's best player throughout the previous year.