fourth Test between Australia and West Indies was the 121th Test of the
Aussie Captain Steve Waugh. After missing the third Test due to injury,
Steve Waugh not only made a glorious century against the West Indians at
MCG but in the process, he became the 5th all time leading
run-getters in Test cricket by replacing the master-blaster Vivan
late, he is not as consistent as before but still he is one of the best
batsmen in contemporary cricket. For long, Steve Waugh has been the
“crisis-man” for Australia. There has been an umpteenth time, when
Waugh has either saved a Test match from precarious situations or has won
the Test from hopeless situations.
1984-85, Steve Waugh started his career against the touring Indians.
Initially, he was vulnerable against the short-pitched deliveries but he
worked exceedingly hard to fine-tune this aspect of his batting. And he
succeeded in his effort. Australia won the much-vaunted Frank Warrell
Trophy in 1995, when it defeated West Indies in their backyard. Steve
Waugh, along with his brother Mark was the key factor in winning the
Trophy. Steve Waugh scored a double-century in that series and thus
enhanced his reputation as a better player of fast bowling.
Simpson-one of the most astute thinkers of the game, rates Steve Waugh
very highly because of his ability to play fast and spin bowling with
equal adroitness. Steve Waugh has also performed reasonably decent on the
turning-tracks of sub-continent, where many of the ‘foreign players’
have struggled over the years.
of the reasons for Steve’s lack of hype in media is due to his
comparison with his twin-brother Mark Waugh. Steve may not have the silken
grace of his brother Mark, but his credentials, as a great batsman has
never been in doubt. Needless to say, Steve is one of the most admired and
tough cricketers around the world.
Steve Waugh is now aiming to enter the ‘10000 club’ because he has already scored more than 8500 runs with an enviable average of 50 plus. It won’t take too many Tests for Steve to surpass Javed Miandad’s 8832 runs and Graham Gooch’s 8900 runs. Coming tour of India may be his last tour as a player, so he is determined to leave a solid stamp on Indian tracks and this is certainly not good news for Indian bowlers!
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