Mark Waugh      

Full name Mark Edward Waugh

Born June 2, 1965, Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales

Current age 55 years 180 days

Major teams Australia, Essex, New South Wales

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium, Right-arm offbreak

Relation Brother - DP Waugh, Brother - DJ Waugh, Twin brother - SR Waugh

Mark Edward Waugh
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 128 209 17 8029 153* 41.81 15360 52.27 20 47 844 41 181 0
ODIs 244 236 20 8500 173 39.35 11053 76.90 18 50 651 57 108 0
First-class 368 591 75 26855 229* 52.04 81 133 452 0
List A 434 417 42 14663 173 39.10 27 85 200 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 128 128 4853 2429 59 5/40 5/73 41.16 3.00 82.2 1 1 0
ODIs 244 120 3687 2938 85 5/24 5/24 34.56 4.78 43.3 1 1 0
First-class 368 15808 8525 208 6/68 40.98 3.23 76.0 3 0
List A 434 6935 5786 173 5/24 5/24 33.44 5.00 40.0 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 25-29, 1991 scorecard
Last Test Australia v Pakistan at Sharjah, Oct 19-22, 2002 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Dec 11, 1988 scorecard
Last ODI Australia v South Africa at Perth, Feb 3, 2002 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class debut 1985/86
Last First-class New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney, Mar 4-7, 2004 scorecard
List A debut 1985/86
Last List A New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Feb 22, 2004 scorecard

The twin brother of Steve, Mark Waugh was one of the world's most elegant and gifted strokemakers. His game was characterised by an ability to drive, cut, pull and loft the ball so effortlessly that it could make him look disdainful of the talents of bowlers. Waugh made his name as a middle-order player for New South Wales in the late 1980s, twice winning the Sheffield Shield Cricketer of the Year titles as he built and maintained a first-class average in excess of fifty. Although he lived in the shadow of his more famous brother for a number of seasons, progression to international cricket was inevitable. The only sour note when his promotion eventually came, for the fourth Test of the 1990-91 series against England, was that it arrived at Steve's expense. Critics took issue with Waugh's apparent loss of concentration at times and his capacity to occasionally succumb to lazy-looking shots. The weakness was on show most evidently during his disastrous 1992-93 tour to Sri Lanka when he scored four successive Test ducks, but it would be hard to find a player more difficult to contain when in full flight. To complement his batting skills, he offered handy part-time bowling as a medium-pacer-cum-offspinner and a remarkable penchant for spectacular saves and catches - he had few rivals to match his freakish brilliance in the field. His many highlights included a world-record partnership of 464 for the fifth wicket with Steve for New South Wales against Western Australia in 1990-91; his sterling 138 on Test debut; three commanding centuries as an opener at the 1996 World Cup tournament; and 126 to seal the Frank Worrell Trophy in West Indies in 1995. The lowest moment came in late 1998 when it emerged that he and Shane Warne accepted money from an Indian bookmaker during a tour of Sri Lanka four years earlier. A laconic, unassuming character, Waugh announced his retirement from international cricket without fuss in October 2002 after losing his place in the Test squad to play England. He played on for two seasons at New South Wales, but his elegant best was behind him.
John Polack

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Nov 14, 2016

Australia's selectors - Mark Waugh, Rod Marsh and Trevor Hohns - during the Hobart Test, Australia v South Africa, 2nd Test, Hobart, 3rd day, November 14, 2016

Australia's selectors - Mark Waugh, Rod Marsh and Trevor Hohns - during the Hobart Test

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Mar 2, 2016

Darren Lehmann has a chat with Mark Waugh, Durban, March 2, 2016

Darren Lehmann has a chat with Mark Waugh

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Jun 2, 2015

Mark Waugh, the Australia selector, has a word with Fawad Ahmed, Roseau, June 2, 2015

Mark Waugh, the Australia selector, has a word with Fawad Ahmed

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Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1991

Member of the Order of Australia, Jan 2005