Allan Border is known as an Australian cricket commentator and former international cricketer. He is most famous for being the previous record holder of 156 Test matches.
He was primarily a left-handed batsman, but he also had some success as a part-time left-arm orthodox spinner from time to time in his career. Border amassed 11,174 Test runs during his career (a world record until it was passed by Brian Lara in 2006). During his Test career, he amassed a total of 27 centuries. He retired as the most capped player in Australia's history and the leading run-scorer in Tests and One-Day Internationals. Ricky Ponting broke his 15-year-old Australian record for Test Match runs during the Third Ashes Test against England in July 2009, and he now holds the record.
Allan Robert Border was born on July 27, 1955, in Cremorne, a North Shore suburb of Sydney, New South Wales. He grew up with three siblings in the nearby suburb of Mosman. From Coonamble in rural New South Wales, his father John was a wool classer and his mother Sheila was the proprietor of a corner store. The family had a spacious backyard for playing games. Mosman Oval, the home of district cricket and baseball clubs, was across the street from his home. Throughout his early years, Border played in cricket teams that were two or three years older than his age group.
Allan Border started the 1978–79 season with his maiden first-class century, 135 against Western Australia at Perth, and followed up with 114 against Victoria at the SCG. In 1981, Border made his first Ashes tour and scored a half-century in each of the first two Tests.
Australia hosted Pakistan for a five-Test series in 1983–84. Border scored 118 and 117 not out in the Second and Third Tests respectively and averaged just under 86 as Australia won the series comfortably. Allan reluctantly took the captaincy in a dark age for Australia after Kim Hughes' tearful resignation at Brisbane in 1984-85. Eventually, he applied himself to the task as proudly as his batting. From the World Cup win in 1987 and regaining the Ashes two years later, Australia crusaded under Border until in 1993 they came within one ball of conquering the world by beating the West Indies.
In 1993, Border became the first player since Joe Darling to lead Australia in England on three Ashes tours. He ended his career by leading the first Australian team to play a Test series against South Africa after returning to international cricket. He played 156 Test matches in his career, a record until it was passed by fellow Australian Steve Waugh.
Allan Border continued playing first-class cricket after his international retirement. Despite his team's poor performances, his test batting averages had been consistently around 50 before and during captaincy and across most splits, including home/away tests, and across each test ground. He was named Australian of the Year for his leading role in the historic Ashes victory. He is the most capped and highest run-scoring cricketer in history.
Border wrote Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story, published in 1993. In 2000, Allan Border was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame and named twelfth man in Australia's "Greatest Ever ODI Team." He became a Member of the Order of Australia in 1986 and an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1989. He received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. In 2009, Border was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.
On three Ashes tours to England, Border became the first player since Joe Darling to captain Australia in three Ashes series. Australia won 4–1 against England, with the Sixth Test being the only one to be lost. This ended Border's unbeaten run of 18 Tests against England. Border's unbeaten score of 200 not out in the Fourth Test at Headingley sealed the series for England. During the series, he scored 533 runs, averaging 54.12 runs per game. The Australians went on to win the Trans-Tasman Trophy in late 1993 with a convincing 2–0 victory over New Zealand at home. Border scored 105 points in the Third Test, which was played at his home ground of Brisbane. It was the 27th century of his career in Test cricket.
Border concluded his international cricketing career by captaining the first Australian team to play a Test series against South Africa in 1994, following the country's reintroduction to international cricket. In each country, three Tests were played, and both series were tied at one game apiece. At Durban, Border's final Test innings was a tenacious 42 not out, which contributed to a draw in the Third Test against South Africa. Border had a modest season with the bat, amassing 298 runs at a strike rate of 33.11.
Allan Border married Jane Hiscox and moved to Brisbane. The former cricketer and his wife Jane have three children.
|27 Jul, 1955
|North Sydney Boys High School
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