Mark Waugh: The Biography

Mark Waugh: The Biography

James Knight

Language: English

Pages: 334


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The inspiring story of a young boy from Sydney Panania who grew up to become one of the world's greatest cricketers.

Updated edition of a biography of Australian cricketer Mark Waugh. Mark Waugh was the first player to score back-to-back centuries, as well as hit three centuries in a World Cup Tournament. Explores Waugh's passion for the track, the bookmaker scandals, the sledging, and how he felt when he was dropped from the Aussie team. Foreword by Allan Border. This edition covers events since the previous edition was released, including Waugh's retirement from the sporting arena. Includes colour photos, sources, player statistics and index. Author is an award-winning cricket reporter.

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Every day of the Test, schoolchildren had crowded the stands and sung almost ceaseless renditions of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and ‘Stand by Me’. Although they eventually wore on Mark’s nerves, another song could have easily been performed about the century-maker — ‘Killing Me Softly’ — because that is what Mark had done to the home side. At 105, he gave his only chance, a shot off the toe of his bat flew knee-high to Cullinan who couldn’t hold on to it at first slip. Donald, the bowler, crouched in

chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, vowed to fight back, but the reality was that his 325-match international career in the shortened version of the game was almost certainly over. He’d been informed of his fate by Hohns two days earlier, just hours before the prestigious Allan Border Medal night in Melbourne. Mark didn’t know of his brother’s fate until the day of the official announcement. He’d heard ‘whispers’, but hadn’t spoken to Steve about them. He recalls the sacking was a shock: It

visitors dictated play from the moment Kepler Wessels won the toss and batted, declaring at 9–436 in their first innings. Wessels (166) and Glenn Trimble (112) were the mainstays. Being the only two front-line pacemen playing for New South Wales, Mark and Whitney assumed heavy workloads, bowling 27 and 34 overs respectively. Mark’s return of 1–71 — bowling Trimble was his only success — was completely overshadowed by his partner’s return of 6–65. New South Wales used seven bowlers in an innings

with her dad on a court overrun with grass in the tiny town of Brungle, near Gundagai. She would later win the South Australian Under–14 Singles Championship, and team with Ray Ruffles to claim the New South Wales Under–19 mixed doubles title. Significantly, Bev’s eldest brother, Dion, was a talented opening batsman who went on to play first grade for Bankstown. He remains the club’s all-time leading run-getter in the Sydney Cricket Association competition. Sadly, Keith saw few of his son’s

runs out there. Look at how well they’re bowling.’ He was okay once he actually went in to bat, but he was pretty tough on himself while he was waiting. The tour itself was a real eye-opener. Obviously it was very important because we were the first official Australian cricket team in South Africa since apartheid had finished. I was amazed by the level of poverty. Black people just lived by the roadside in tin huts with no water or electricity and not much food. In South Africa, poverty and

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