Allan Robert Border
July 27, 1955, Cremorne, Sydney, New South Wales
Left hand Bat
Slow Left arm Orthodox
Second Slip, Short Mid Wicket
Middle order Batter
North Sydney Boys' High School
Allan Border parlayed three shots and a fanatical zeal about not giving away his wicket into the most durable cricket career of his era. At his retirement he had featured in more Tests (156), more consecutive Tests (153), more Tests as captain (93) and more catches than any other player (156) - 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, Border 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 he did 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 - a post he held for about seven years under chairmen Trevor Hohns and Andrew Hilditch. His importance to the game is recognised annually when the Australian Player of the Year receives the Allan Border Medal. His name pairs with that of Sunil Gavaskar on the trophy Australia and India play for in their Test series.
Batting & Fielding