One of Australia’s Finest - Mark Waugh

Cricket News 28/10/02

Australian Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland, today paid tribute to former test batsman Mark Waugh, who has retired from international cricket after 128 Tests and 244 one-day internationals.

Mr Sutherland acknowledged Waugh’s record as one of the finest batsmen Australia has produced with 8029 Test runs at an average of 41.81, as well as 8500 one-day international runs at 39.35, the most by an Australian player.

“On behalf of the Chairman and Directors of the Australian Cricket Board, I congratulate Mark on his outstanding international career,” Mr Sutherland said.

“His 14 years at the elite level have been studded with records and he will be remembered as one of the finest cricketers this country has ever produced.

“Since his one-day international debut against Pakistan in 1988-89, Mark has been a near-permanent fixture in an Australian side that has enjoyed outstanding success, including the 1999 World Cup and the record-breaking streak of 16 consecutive Test wins,” he said.

Mr Sutherland confirmed that Waugh would be suitably acknowledged at the fifth and final match of the forthcoming Orange Test series against England in Sydney.

“The ACB is currently looking at ways to honour Mark’s career, allowing cricket fans to congratulate him on a job well done,” he said.

“At this stage our plans are that it will take place at Mark’s home ground, the SCG, during the fifth Orange Test in Sydney.”

Australian Test captain Stephen Waugh, who played 108 Tests with his brother, the most by any siblings in the history of the game, said:

“It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have played alongside my brother at Test level for the past 12 years spanning more than 100 matches together, and it will seem very strange not to have him with us when we walk out in Brisbane.

“Mark has been an inspiration not only to his team-mates but also to a host of young players because of the way he has played the game – hard but fair and in a positive way.

“His record is an outstanding one and if he decides to continue at domestic level I am sure he can have a positive effect through passing on the knowledge and experience he has gained from more than 100 Tests and over 200 one-day internationals.”

Mark Waugh’s career at a glance

Born:   2 June 1965   
Right hand batsman – Right arm off-spin bowler

Debut: v England, Adelaide, 1990-91
Matches: 128
Runs: 8029
100s: 20
50s: 47
Highest score: 153* v India, Bangalore, 1997-98
Batting average: 41.81
Wickets: 59
Bowling average: 41.17
Best bowling: 5-40 v England, Adelaide, 1994-95
Catches: 181

One-day Internationals

Debut: v Pakistan, Adelaide, 1988-89
Matches: 244
Runs:  8500
100s: 18
50s: 50
Highest score: 173 v West Indies, Melbourne, 2000-01
Batting average: 39.35
Wickets: 85
Bowling average: 34.56
Best bowling: 5-24 v West Indies, Melbourne, 1992-93
Catches: 108

International Achievements

* Australia’s third highest run-scorer in Test history behind Stephen Waugh (9734) and Allan Border (11,174).

* One of only six Australians to have scored more than 7000 Test runs. The others are Allan Border, Stephen Waugh, Mark Taylor, David Boon and Greg Chappell.

* One of only seven Australians to have played more than 100 Tests. The others are Allan Border, Stephen Waugh, Ian Healy, David Boon, Mark Taylor and Shane Warne.

* The leading out-fielder in Test cricket history; Mark Taylor is second with 157 catches.

* Played 108 Tests with brother Stephen, the most by any siblings in the history of the game.

* Scored 1000 Test runs in a calendar year (1034) in 1998.

* Has scored 20 Test centuries, one of only seven Australians to have reached that mark.

* One of only 16 Australians to have scored a Test century on debut (138 v England, Adelaide, 1990-91).

* Australia’s leading run-scorer in one-day international history (ahead of Stephen Waugh (7569), Allan Border (6524) and Dean Jones (6068)).

* Holds the record for Australia’s highest individual one-day international score: 173 v West Indies, Melbourne, 2000-01.

* One of only three Australians to have played more than 200 one-day internationals (Stephen Waugh (325) and Allan Border (273) are the others).

* One of only eight players (and three Australians) to have taken 100 or more one-day international catches.

* Played 22 World Cup matches – only Stephen Waugh (33) and Allan Border (25) have played more for Australia.

Source: ACB

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