The most successful twins in world cricket are Australia’s Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh, famously known as Waugh Brothers.
Not only this, he is also the first twin brother to play international cricket together. Both of them were born on this day i.e. on 2 June 1965 in Canterbury, New South Wales. Today, both of them are celebrating their 55th birthday. Both of them have played for Australia together for more than a decade and both are considered among the best cricketers of all time.
Steve made his debut
Steve Waugh made his debut in international cricket nearly six years before Mark Waugh. He made his Test debut against India in 1985. The very next year he was also selected in Australia’s ODI team and he also got a chance to play the 1987 World Cup in Hindustan and he made headlines in his first World Cup. Helped Australia win the World Cup title for the first time by bowling economically in the death overs. For this reason, the tag of ‘Iceman’ was attached to his name. Australia defeated England by 7 runs in the title match. In the World Cup, captain of Australia team was in the hands of Captain Alan Border.
Mark Waugh made his debut by dropping his brother
Watch the game of luck Mark Waugh, who is doing consistently good in domestic cricket, got a chance during the 1991 Ashes series. He was included in the playing XI instead of his brother Steve Waugh. Waugh had to leave the team due to poor performance. Mark Waugh took full advantage of it and scored a century in the debut test itself. After this, Steve returned to the team selected for the West Indies tour and the two brothers played together for the first time during the Test series on the Caribbean tour. Explain that along with this, these two who played international cricket together became the first twin brothers.
Both gathered in international cricket
In international cricket, both brothers attacked. While Steve Waugh was an excellent batsman and useful bowler, Mark Waugh was considered one of the finest batsmen among contemporary cricketers. In addition, Steve Waugh is also considered the world’s best captain. Both of them scored a total of 35,025 runs in international cricket, playing for Australia. Both of them played together in 108 Test matches together. It is also a world record. No cricketer pair of brothers have been able to play so many Test matches together till date.
Such was the career of both
Steve Waugh scored 10927 runs in 168 Tests at an average of 51.06 and with the help of 32 centuries and also took 92 wickets. At the same time, in 325 ODIs, with an average of 32.90 and the help of three centuries, he got a total of 7569 runs and 195 wickets. Additionally, Steve Waugh captained Australia in 57 Tests. Out of these, 41 won, while nine suffered defeat and seven draw matches. Talking about one-day cricket, he captained the team in 106 matches. It won 67, suffered defeat in 35, while four matches were inconclusive. In addition, in 1999, under his captaincy, Australia won the World Cup for the second time.