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Steve Waugh factfile
January 06, 2004 15:42 IST
Factfile on Australia captain Steve Waugh, who retired from international cricket after the final Test against India on Tuesday.
Born: June 2, 1965, Sydney. Right-hand bat, occasional right-arm medium-pace bowler.
Test debut: v India, Melbourne, December 1985.
Test record: 168 matches, 10,927 runs, average: 51.06. 100s: 32. 50s: 50. High score: 200. 92 wickets, average 37.45. Best bowling 5-28. Catches: 112
One-Day International record: 325 matches. 7,569 runs, average 32.91, three centuries, 45 half-centuries. Highest score 120 not out. 195 wickets, average 34.67. Best bowling 4-33. Catches: 111.
Played his first Test at age 20 and now the most capped player in Test cricket history with 168 appearances.
The second-highest run scorer in Tests with 10,927 runs, behind only Australia's Allan Border (11,174).
The second-highest century maker in Tests with 32 hundreds, behind only India's Sunil Gavaskar (34).
Only the second player to score Test centuries against all nine Test-playing opponents. South Africa's Gary Kirsten is the other.
Replaced Mark Taylor as Test captain in 1999 and now the most successful Test captain in history with 41 victories from 57 Tests and a success rate of 71.93 per cent.
Australia's most capped one-day international with 325 appearances. A member of the team that won the World Cup in 1987 then captained his country to victory in the 1999 World Cup.
Waugh and his twin brother Mark, who played 128 Tests and 244 One-Day Internationals, shared an unbroken partnership of 464 for the fifth wicket for New South Wales against Western Australia in Perth in 1990-91 -- a record for any wicket in Australian interstate four-day matches.
Waugh also shared a record 385 run stand with Greg Blewett against South Africa in 1996-97.
Waugh played many memorable individual innings, including his highest Test score of 200 against the fearsome West Indies pace attack in Kingston, Jamaica in 1995 to spearhead a series victory, and in Leeds, England in the 1999 World Cup pool match against South Africa when he made 120 not out in a game Australia needed to win to stay alive in the competition.
But his most memorable performance was in the final Ashes Test against England in Sydney in January 2003 when he defied his critics with an unforgettable century to save his Test career.
He followed that with a hundred against West Indies and two against Bangladesh before announcing in November 2003 that he would retire after the India series.
Waugh finished his career in a blaze of glory, scoring 80 in his final innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground.