The Brother’s of Destruction – Happy 52nd Birthday, Mark Waugh and Steve Waugh!
Some players never fade away, their legacies continue even after ages. The late 90s till the early 2000s was the era of these two great twins who had left no stone unturned to become one of the greatest names in cricket history.
Do you feel old enough? Yes, they age 52 now. At the start of the 1984/85 season, the brothers were included in the New South Wales state squad. Sports was very much in their blood, as their mother Beverly was South aAstralian Under-14 women’s’ single tennis champion and father Rodger a huge tennis fan.
The Twins finally found some work as umpires for indoor cricket tournaments thanks to a close family friend. Steve and Mark would spend long hours stretching up to almost midnight in near freezing temperatures umpiring indoor tournaments.
They had differences in their approach towards the game. One was elegant, need of the hour and another intense, aggressive from the first shot. Steve Waugh’s leadership skills and Mark Waugh’s cover drives and square cuts were way too classy.
Steve Waugh was of the mindset,
“We won’t give up till the last ball of the game.” in Australian Cricket. He literally handed a winning team which Pointing capitalised (won two consecutive world cups).
Mark Waugh was one of the best slip fielders of his generation and held the record for most catches in Test cricket for a long time until Rahul Dravid overtook him.
They played together for almost ten years creating amazing records and buildings Australia into a very strong team. The best part was that both were all-rounders. They complemented each other so well on the ground. In 1990, they were involved in a World Record in First class cricket for the highest fifth-wicket partnership when New South Wales took on Western Australia. They shared an unbeaten 464 runs for the fifth wicket, with both scoring double centuries.
If there is one regret for Steve Waugh, it was the fact that he never got the better of India in the sub-continent. However, such is his contribution to Australian cricket that the National Trust of Australia has included him in the list of 100 Living Australian Treasures. He was also inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2010.
Both Mark and Steve Waugh overslept on Mark Taylor’s 21st birthday in 1985. Coach Bobby Simpson punished the pair by forcing them to take hundreds of catches during the fielding drills.
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