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Steve Waugh

Steve Waugh is a former Australian cricketer, who captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004

Steve Waugh is a former Australian cricketer, who captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004, and was the most capped Test cricket player in history, until Sachin Tendulkar broke his record in 2010. He is the only batsman in Test match history to score 150 runs against each Test playing nations.

Born in New South Wales, Waugh made his debut at the age of 20 against India in 1985 under Allan Border’s captaincy. Steve looked out of place as he struggled to gain a foot-hold in the international arena, at one point losing his Test place to his brother Mark, he went on to become one of the leading batsmen of his time. He was the expert death overs bowler in 1987 Cricket World Cup and helped Australia to win crucial matches against India and New Zealand by bowling tight last overs.

Although he was a key member of Australia’s World Cup winning team, but his true breakthrough came in England in 1989 when he made 177 and 152 in the first two Tests and finished the series with an average of 126. In 1991 tour of the West Indies, he featured alongside his twin brother Markand they became the first twin to play Test cricket together. Together, they would form a partnership that changed the face of Australian cricket.

In the fifth and decider Test against West Indies in 1995, he compiled a long partnership of 231 runs with his brother Mark and went on to score 200 runs after nine hours of batting. By this time Waugh was fully matured as the complete Test batsman and was considered one of the greatest batsman in the world. His love affair with England continued in 1997 Ashes; as he became the only third Australian two centuries in the same Test.

Following the retirement of Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh was appointed captain of Australian team. With Shane Warne, he turned Australia’s form around so completely in the 1999 World Cup that they won it, and he became the first Australian to win the trophy twice. Also in 1999, the Australian side began a world-record streak of 16 consecutive Test wins. Overall, Waugh captained Australia in 57 Tests with 41 Test wins, the highest winning percentage by any captain in the history.

Waugh was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year for 1989. Waugh played 168 Tests for Australia and scored 10,927 runs at an average of 51.06. He also appeared in 325 Limited-Over internationals, scoring 7,569 runs.

Waugh was the principal mover in the formation of the Australian Cricketers’ Association in 1996-97, and the Association’s first Honorary Secretary. On February 3, 2009, Steve Waugh became the 30th cricketer inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.  

If there is one regret for Steve Waugh, it was the fact that he never got the better of India in the sub-continent. However, he was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.