Legend Profiles > Steve Waugh
- Date of Birth: 02.06.1965
- Bats: Right-hand
- Bowls: Right arm medium
The most capped player in Test history with 168 appearances, Waugh not only wore the baggy green with pride but made it a clear symbol of endeavour and excellence.
The twin of former Australian cricketer Mark, Steve's strokeplay was less elegant but so brutally effective that when he retired in 2004 he had 10,927 Test runs and 32 centuries to his name.
As part of Allan Border's side in 1986/87 'Tugga' tasted Ashes defeat early on in his Test career but went on to play an integral part in Australia's 1987 World Cup triumph, taking the wickets of Allan Lamb and Phil DeFreitas at the tail-end of the final.
England suffered again at the hands of Waugh in the 1989 Ashes; he was not dismissed until the first innings of the third Test, by which time he had scored a total of 393 runs on the back of an unbeaten 177 in the first Test at Headingley.
Waugh finished the series with a staggering 506 runs at an average of 126.5 but lost his place to brother Mark after a poor run of form in the 1990-91 Ashes yielded 82 runs in four knocks.
Waugh re-evaluated his game and a more curtailed style swiftly brought dividends, none more so than in the fourth Ashes Test of 1993 when he racked up an unbeaten 157 and added a colossal 332 with Allan Border. Waugh finished with an average of 83.20 as Australia swept to a 4-1 series victory.
But Waugh's greatest achievement perhaps came at Old Trafford during the 1997 series after Mark Taylor had opted to bat first on a green pitch. Waugh stood firm to total 108 out of 235 in the first innings and followed up in the second with 116 to set up a comprehensive victory.
He was an equally tough captain when he took over the reigns in 1999, guiding Australia to another World Cup and Ashes series victories in 1998/99, 2001 and 2002/03, setting a world record of 16 straight Test wins along the way.
For true grit his battling 157no at the Oval, which came after a miraculous recovery from a calf injury, is hard to beat while his sense of theatre came to the fore at the SCG in 2002/03 Ashes when, in front of his home crowd, he punched the last ball of the day for four to reach a memorable hundred.
International Career Stats:
|Career Span:||1985 - 2004|
|5 Wicket Innings:||3|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||5/28|
|Career Span:||1986 - 2002|
|5 Wicket Innings:||0|
|10 Wicket matches:||0|
|Best bowling in Innings:||4/33|
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