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Mark Waugh

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Australia, Essex, WA Combined XI, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Australian XI
Roles played:
AllRounder
Home country:
Australia
Born:
June 02, 1965, Canterbury

Profile

Lazy elegance had a second name in the form of Mark Waugh, one half of the famous Waugh twins and amongst Australia’s most celebrated cricketers. While his twin brother Steve was grit personified, Mark’s ability to unfurl breathtaking strokes with absolute ease was marvelous. ‘Junior’ as Mark is fondly called, made his international debut in 1988 in ODIs but didn’t quite set the cricket world on fire. However, his performances in the Australian domestic circuit saw him getting rewarded with a Test cap in 1991, as he replaced his twin brother in the squad.


Mark started his Test career with a bang, stroking a classy century on debut against England at the Adelaide Oval. The knock made the world to sit up and take notice of this dashing shot-maker who was a delight to watch when on song. His Test career motored along well and it also had a positive effect on his limited-overs game as he started performing consistently in ODIs too. While he batted in the middle order in the longer format, Mark utilized his stylish strokeplay to the maximum as an opener in the 50-over game.


The 1994-96 phase saw Mark at his absolute best as he was exceptionally consistent in both formats. The fact that his ODI career was in full swing was the pleasing aspect as he had established himself in Tests from the word go. Mark’s best two years in the 50-over circuit came in the World Cup years, 1996 and 1999, aggregating over 1000 runs both times at a healthy average. He was a man for big occasions, as his World Cup records show and relished playing under pressure. His batting prowess yielded 38 international centuries, more or less evenly distributed between the two formats.


While his batting was a delight, Mark Waugh’s fielding was poetry to the eyes. A born athlete, the man could field anywhere with precision although his expertise was in the slip cordon where he ruled throughout his career. His catching was high class, making stunners look a piece of cake. Mark made his fielding seem too easy, much like his batting. Individual achievements apart, his best moment was undoubtedly that of being a World Cup winner in 1999 under his twin’s leadership. Post the title win, he continued to churn out runs consistently and seemed set to play the next edition that was to be hosted by South Africa in 2003.


However, things didn’t quite work out that way. Despite being in top form during the year 2001, he was unceremoniously dropped from the ODI side along with Steve the following year after Australia failed to make the final of the tri-series at home, enduring his slight lean patch with the bat. It was a painful anti-climax to the ODI careers of the famous twins who had served Australian cricket exceptionally over the years. Mark did turn to administration after his retirement and was appointed national selector in 2014. He still continues to hold that spot and has been a very popular man across the country regarding team selections. 


Fast Facts

  • Held the record for most Test catches between 2001 and 2009, later surpassed by Rahul Dravid
  • One of the Wisden cricketers of the year 1991
  • Honored as an officer in Order of Australia in 2005


Statistics

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  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 128 209 8029 17 41.81 52.27 20 47 153*
ODI 244 236 8500 20 39.35 76.90 18 50 173
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 128 128 4853 2429 59 5/40 / 41.16 3.00 1 1 0 44
ODI 244 120 3687 2938 85 5/24 / 34.56 4.78 1 1 0 60
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 181 0 1
ODI 108 0 17

Career

Span:
Test:
1991-2002
 
ODI:
1988-2002
Test
Debut:
Australia Vs England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Jan 25, 1991
Last played:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Oct 19, 2002
ODI
Debut:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Dec 11, 1988
Last played:
Australia Vs South Africa at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Feb 03, 2002
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