Allan Border      

Full name Allan Robert Border

Born July 27, 1955, Cremorne, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age 65 years 182 days

Major teams Australia, Essex, Gloucestershire, New South Wales, Queensland

Nickname AB

Playing role Middle-order batsman

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Fielding position Second slip, Short mid wicket

Other Coach, Administrator

Height 5 ft 9 in

Education North Sydney Boys' High School

In a nutshell The epitome of the fighting Australian, Allan Border took over the reins of the side when they were at their lowest ebb, and leading by force of will and example, he took them to the threshold of world-champion status. More

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Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 156 265 44 11174 205 50.56 27 63 1161 28 156 0
ODIs 273 252 39 6524 127* 30.62 9134 71.42 3 39 500 43 127 0
First-class 385 625 97 27131 205 51.38 70 142 379 0
List A 382 353 58 9355 127* 31.71 3 62 183 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 156 98 4009 1525 39 7/46 11/96 39.10 2.28 102.7 1 2 1
ODIs 273 87 2661 2071 73 3/20 3/20 28.36 4.66 36.4 0 0 0
First-class 385 9750 4161 106 7/46 39.25 2.56 91.9 3 1
List A 382 3703 2905 90 3/20 3/20 32.27 4.70 41.1 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 29, 1978 - Jan 3, 1979 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Durban, Mar 25-29, 1994 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 13, 1979 scorecard
Last ODI South Africa v Australia at Bloemfontein, Apr 8, 1994 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1976/77 - 1995/96
List A span 1977/78 - 1995/96

Allan Border parlayed three shots and a fanatical zeal about not giving away his wicket into the most durable career that cricket in his time had known. At his retirement he had featured in more Tests, more consecutive Tests, more Tests as captain and more catches than any other player - and a batting average of 50 as well. His underused left-arm spin once brought him 11 for 96 against West Indies, and he was also an artful one-day player with a deadly arm from short midwicket. Not a natural leader, nor a man of frills, he came reluctantly to the captaincy in a dark age for Australia after Kim Hughes' tearful resignation at Brisbane in 1984-85, but eventually applied himself to the task as proudly as to his batting. From the World Cup win in 1987 and regaining the Ashes two years later, Australia crusaded under Border until in 1993 they came within one ball of conquering the world by beating West Indies. After he retired from Test cricket he played in Queensland's maiden Sheffield Shield win, was named 12th man in Australia's Team of the Century, coached Australia A, and became a selector in 1998. He resigned his post in Trevor Hohns' panel in 2005 in favour of pursuing his media interests, particularly as a pay-television pundit, but he returned a year later to assist the new chairman Andrew Hilditch. Four months after re-joining he suddenly stepped down again due to expanding business commitments. His importance to the game is recognised annually when the Australian Player of the Year receives the Allan Border Medal.
Greg Baum

Gideon Haigh on Allan Border

The man who stood by Australia

A stern, stoic resister, he was the keeper of his country's flame during their darkest hour. And he ensured that they would be just fine once he left

Stats analysis

Australia's saviour, and an overseas master

Unlike most batsmen, Border was at his absolute best when Australia were touring, and when Tests had to be saved

    • July 27, 1955
      AB the baby
      • Allan Border is born in Sydney to John, a wool classer, and Sheila.
    • January 29, 1977
      First-class debut
      • 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.
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Best Performances
    • 62 not out v England, Melbourne, 1982-83
      • In one of the most memorable Tests of all time, Border nearly delivers Australia victory. Needing 292 to win, Australia are 9 for 218 when Border and Thomson embark on a last-wicket partnership of epic proportions. They leave 37 runs to be found on the last morning. Although the match can be over within moments, 18,000 spectators go to the MCG to see that Thomson is rarely in trouble, and Border never. When Australia are within four runs of victory, Thomson edges Ian Botham. Of the 70-run stand, Thomson manages only 21, and in a display of grit we would soon grow familiar with, Botham finishes unbeaten.
    • 98 not out and 100 not out v West Indies, Port-of-Spain, 1983-84
      • Border stands between Australia and defeat against an attack led by Joel Garner and Malcolm Marshall at Queen's Park Oval. He bats 5 hours 49 minutes in the first innings, and another four and three-quarter hours in the second, offering not a single chance. The last 160 minutes of those come in company of Nos 10 and 11, Rodney Hogg and Terry Alderman, to salvage the draw. Twice Border resurrects Australia from 50 for 4 and 41 for 3. The second-innings effort comes after they have fallen behind by 213 and have to bat out over an hour of the fourth day and all of the fifth. Off the last ball of the match, he completes what is left unfinished in the first innings, a century.
    • 196 and 41 not out v England, Lord's, 1985
      • This is Border's match. He scores 43% of his side's runs, and leads them superbly to maintain Australia's unbeaten run at Lord's. His 196 in the first innings, helping Australia recover from 24 for 2 and 101 for 4, is his highest Test score, and he displays a command and range of shot that few contemporaries can equal. The only time he seems at all disconcerted in the match is when, with 10 required for the win, a statement is read out asking spectators not to run on to the pitch at the finish. True to style, he sees Australia through, after they are 65 for 5 in a chase of 127.
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Feb 12, 2018

Steven Smith received the Allan Border medal from Allan Border, Melbourne, February 12, 2018

Steven Smith received the Allan Border medal from Allan Border

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Jan 23, 2017

David Warner receives the biggest prize from Allan Border, Sydney, January 23, 2017

David Warner receives the biggest prize from Allan Border

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Sep 18, 2016

Dean Jones, Ravi Shastri, Allan Border and Kris Srikanth were felicitated by the TNCA on the 30th anniversary of the second tied Test, Chennai, September 18, 2016

Dean Jones, Ravi Shastri, Allan Border and Kris Srikanth were felicitated by the TNCA on the 30th anniversary of the second tied Test



Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1982

Australian Cricket Hall of Fame 2000

Australian selector 1998-2005, 2006