Saturday, April 5, 2014

Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh. First Twins to Play Test Cricket Together

Steve (L) and Mark Waugh brothers. Image:

On April 4, 1991, exactly 23 years ago, Stephen Rodger Waugh and Mark Edward Waugh became the first twins to play in a test cricket match together.

It was the third test in the Frank Worrel Trophy, held in the Caribbean. West Indies were leading the 5 match series by 1-0 when the teams took to the field in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

Nicknamed "junior", Mark was younger to Steve by a few minutes. In cricket, Mark was much younger in international experience. His elder twin brother Steve had been in the test cricket arena from 1985. The brothers were nearly 26 when Junior made his test debut.

However, in a match which was spoiled by rain, it was the junior brother who took the better honors. He scored an elegant half century, scoring 64 runs against a formidable Caribbean pace attack led by the veteran campaigner Malcolm Marshall and ably supported by Curtley Ambrose and Pattrick Patterson. Later Mark Waugh was called upon to break a troublesome partnership between Jeff Dujon and Ambrose and did so by dismissing the latter.

The two brothers went on to play a pivotal role in Australian cricket, with Steve Waugh leading the test cricket team for several years when the team was at the peak. Mark ended his career in 2002 and his elder brother in 2004. During the 11 years they played together, they appeared together in most of the test matches Australia played. All together, they played 105 test matches together.

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