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Steve Waugh
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Steve Waugh

Australia|Middle order batter
Steve Waugh

INTL CAREER: 1985 - 2004

Full Name

Stephen Rodger Waugh

Born

June 02, 1965, Canterbury, Sydney, New South Wales

Age

56y 183d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm medium

Playing Role

Middle order batter

relations

(twin brother),

(brother),

(brother),

(son)

TEAMS

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.
Greg Baum

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test168260461092720051.062246148.6432501175201120
ODI325288587569120*32.90997175.91345530681110
FC3565518824052216*51.9479972730
List A4363938111764140*37.7013671500
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test16815078053445925/288/16937.442.6484.8430
ODI325207888367611954/334/3334.674.5645.5300
FC3561742881552496/5132.752.8069.950
List A4361124586072574/324/3233.494.5943.7400
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Nathan Lyon and Steve Waugh hold up a baggy green
Nathan Lyon doffs his hat as Steve Waugh looks on
Steven Smith and Steve Waugh pose at stumps
The presence of former players such as Steve Waugh has helped share the burden on Justin Langer
Steve Waugh, Clive Lloyd and Brian Lara pose before the big game
Steve Waugh chats with Justin Langer