Steve Waugh, AO, is Australia’s most-capped Test cricketer, with 168 Test appearances, and one of Australia’s most successful captains. A right-handed batsman, he was also a medium-pace bowler.
Born in New South Wales, with whom he began his first class cricket career in 1984, he captained the Australian Test cricket team from 1999 to 2004 and is one of the leading batsmen of all time.
He is one of only 11 players to have scored over 10,000 Test runs, led Australia to 15 of their record 16 consecutive Test wins, and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
He was known as an attacking and ruthlessly efficient captain.
He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 for his philanthropic work, Australian Father of the Year in 2005, and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of his home fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2010.
Following his retirement from cricket, Steve established the Steve Waugh Foundation. The foundation is aimed at children who have a disease, an illness or an affliction that does not meet the set criteria of other charitable organisations.
Steve’s career highlights include:
- Played 168 Tests and 325 One day Internationals
- Number 1 batsman in the world for 94 consecutive Tests
- Only batsman to score 150 against each Test playing nation
- Holds the Captaincy record in both forms of the game
- Wisden Australian Cricketer of the Year 2000-01
- Allan Border Medal and Steve Waugh Medal recipient
- Awarded the Order of Australia 2003
- Australian of Year 2004
- Father Of the Year 2005
- Inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame 2009
- Founder of the Steve Waugh Foundation, helping kids in Australia with rare diseases