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Famous cricket player of Australia: Allan Border

by on February 20, 2011
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Famous cricket player of Australia: Allan Border

Better known for his contribution and play in test cricket, Allan Border was an important player for Australian cricket team in the ODIs. He was a left handed batsman and a smart player who was good at rotating the strike and excelled during an innings when it mattered.

Born in 1955, in Cremorne , Australia, Allan Border made his one day international debut against English cricket team in 1979. During an ODI career that spanned 15 years, border played a total of 273 ODIs in which he scored 6524 runs at an average of 30.62. He has 3 centuries and 39 fifties to his credit with his highest score being 127*. Allan Border was a slow left arm bowler and over the years took a few important wickets at crucial junctions of the match. He has a total of 73 wickets with his best bowling being 3/20.

Though Allan border participated in 4 world cups but the highlight of his career would have to be in 1987 Cricket World Cup in which he was the captain of the Australian side that won the tournament. Though with the bat and ball he might not have been very effective but his leadership skills certainly paid dividend. His team went into the 1992 Cricket World Cup tournament as the favorites but eventually finished 5th.

It has been around two decades since Allan Border has hung up his boots but to this day he is regarded as one of the best cricketers to have come out Australia only may be second best to Don Bradman.

Allan Border is an important name in the list of cricket captains from Australia. Although Australian cricket team has been a threat for the opponents since ages, it was Allan Border who made the Australian team a cricketing giant by winning the world cup in 1987. He was also the first to reach 10000 Test runs land mark.

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