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Stephen Roger Waugh calls stumps on Test cricket's longest career

Australian skipper Stephen Waugh culminated the longest career in Test cricket with a half-century on Tuesday against India.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2004 14:31 IST

Australian skipper Stephen Waugh culminated the longest career in Test cricket with a half-century on Tuesday against India in the fourth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Waugh, who began and ended his 168-Test career with innings against India, was dismissed for 80 on his home ground.

He was out trying to take on the field and get a 33rd Test century, caught on the deep backward square boundary by Sachin Tendulkar off the bowling of Anil Kumble. Australia was 338 for five at his departure.

The 38-year-old right-hander made his debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26, 1985, scoring 13 and five and taking two wickets against India.

Waugh finished his career as the most capped Test player of all time, 12 Tests clear of second-place Allan Border, and with Australia at No. 1 in Test cricket.

A determined, no-nonsense middle-order batsman, Waugh amassed 10,927 runs at an average of 51.06 in 260 Test innings, finishing second on the all-time batting list behind former Australian skipper Border (11,174). Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was third with 10,122 runs in 125 Tests.

Waugh was second on the list of Test centurions with 32, equal with India's Sachin Tendulkar and two behind Gavaskar. He scored a hundred against every Test-playing nation.

Waugh led Australia on a record-shattering 16-Test winning stretch, starting with a Man-of-the-Match performance in a 10-wicket win over Zimbabwe at Harare in October 1999. The streak included series wins against India, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand before a loss to India in the second Test at Kolkata in March 2001.

Renowned for his match-saving innings in Test and limited-overs international cricket, Waugh is a cricket icon in Australia and his last match attracted 189,989 spectators, including Australian Prime Minister John Howard, over five days. It was the biggest crowd since the ground was reconfigured in the 1970s.

Waugh's 325-match one-day international career ended with a rare series loss at home in 2002.

He was part of the winning World Cup squad in 1987 and led the Australians to a World Cup triumph in 1999. His top score in limited-overs cricket was 120 not out in a critical second-round clash against South Africa in 1999.

Born: Sydney, June 2, 1965

Test career

Matches: 168

Debut: December 26, 1985 against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground (13 & 5; 2/36)

Runs: 10,927

Average: 51.06

High score: 200 against West Indies in April, 1995

100s: 32

50s: 50

Best bowling: 5/28

Wickets: 92. Average 37.45

Catches: 112

One-day International career

Matches: 325

Debut: January 12, 1986 against India at Gabba, Brisbane. (40; 2/46)

Runs: 7,569

Average: 32.91

High Score: 120 not out against South Africa, June 13, 1999 (World Cup)

50s: 45

100s: 3

Best bowling: 4/33

Wickets: 195. Average 34.67. Economy 4.57

First Published: Jan 06, 2004 14:31 IST