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Popular cricket player of Australia: Mark Waugh

by on November 8, 2012
in Australia, Profiles

Famous batsman of Australian cricket team Mark-Waugh-

Mark Waugh, who we commonly recognize as Steve Waugh’s twin brother, was one of the finest and most talented strokemarkers in the history of cricket. He had a flawless aura around him and made a stroke so effortlessly that it was a treat to watch him play. He represented the Australian team in test matches during early 1991-late 2002 and made his ODI debut in 1988.

Mark Waugh played 128 test matches where he scored 8029 runs at an average of 41.81. His test score included 20 hundreds and 47 fifties with 153 being his highest score in test cricket format. As for One Day International cricket, Mark Waugh played 244 ODIs where he scored 8500 runs at an average of 39.35. His ODI score included 18 hundreds and 50 fifties with the highest score of 173 in ODI match. 

Waugh started off mainly as a right-handed batsman and also contributed as a medium-paced bowler in the test matches but after certain back injuries, had to switch over to being an off-spin bowler. In the Australian ODI team, he was considered to be an all-rounded but with the time, he started focusing on batting which he later excelled in!  This led him to be Australia’s spearheaded one-day run scorer while his 3 centuries made at the World Cup of 1996 won him the stature of being the only batsman to have ever accomplished such an impressive feat. Waugh made another century in 1999 that made him the only Australia to have scored four centuries and score more than 100 runs, that too in a World Cup tournament.

From the mid 1990s – 21st century, Waugh consistently ranked amongst the 10 highly rates batsman and was well aware of the art of batting strongly when faced with spin bowling. In 2005, he was appointed as a member of the Order of Australia. Presently, he is working as a sport journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. 

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