Steve Waugh evolved from a series of setbacks early in his international cricket career to become arguably the toughest, most mentally strong player of his generation. He retired in 2004 with more Test and one-day appearances than any other Australian cricketer. He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 and Australian Father of the Year in 2005.
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 was the most capped Test cricket player in history, with 168 appearances, until Sachin Tendulkar of India broke this record in 2010. Thought of in the early stages of his career as only a "moderately talented" player, at one point losing his Test place to his brother Mark, he went on to become one of the leading batsmen of his time.He is one of only 11 players to have scored over 10,000 Test runs, led Australia to fifteen of their record sixteen consecutive Test wins, and to victory in the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
He was named Australian of the Year in 2004 for his philanthropic work, and inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in front of his home fans at the Sydney Cricket Ground in January 2010.
Waugh has been included in a list of one hundred Australian Living Treasures by the National Trust of Australia, awarded the Order of Australia and the Australian Sports Medal. At the end of his final Test match, Waugh was carried by his teammates in a lap of honour around the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Since his retirement, Steve has swapped his cricket whites and baggy green for a business suit and tie, built an enviable reputation as a writer and observer on the game he loves, and worked with the Australian Olympic team and the Australian soccer team in mentoring and athlete liaison roles. He has also devoted much time to charity — most notably through his patronage of the Udayan children’s home in Kolkata, India, and the Steve Waugh Foundation’s support for children fighting Rare Diseases in Australia.
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