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Stephen Waugh was born on June 2, 1965 in Campsie, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was one of twin boys born to Rodger and Beverley Waugh. He arrived four minutes before Mark, who went on to play cricket for Australia alongside him. The twins were later joined by two more brothers, Dean (who also went on to play first-class cricket in Australia) and Danny. From an early age, the parents introduced their children to sport, because the family was interested in their physical development. By the age of six, the twins were playing organized soccer, tennis and cricket. In their first cricket match, the brothers were both dismissed for ducks.
Waugh made his debut at the age of 20 against India in 1985 but did not score a century (100 runs in a single innings) in his first 26 Tests. He was a key member of Australia’s 1987 Cricket World Cup-winning team, but his true breakthrough came in England in 1989 when he made 177 not out and 152 not out in the first two Tests and finished the series with an average of 126.
The Fifth Test in his hometown Sydney started with speculation that it would be Waugh's last Test unless he reversed his ongoing form slump. With this shot removed from Waugh's repertoire his batting developed a safer more reliable look and his Test match batting average steadily rose to around 50 for the remainder of his Test career. On the second day of the match he then fulfilled this prophecy, scoring a chanceless century. Waugh left the ground to a standing ovation, having equalled Sir Donald Bradman's then Australian record of 29 Test centuries, as well as saving his own Test career. In the second innings, Australia faced a large target and slumped to a heavy defeat by 225 on a deteriorating pitch, its only loss of the series. When he was dismissed cheaply in the second innings, Waugh ran off the field, as the crowd gave him a standing ovation amidst speculation he may choose to retire after what was regarded as a fairytale century.
As for his post-retirement biography, the former cricketer 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 organizations. He is also a prolific author and his ever expanding series of tour diaries and thoughts provide an insight into the mind of Steve Waugh. Recently, he has written an autobiography called Out of my comfort zone, a book which has brought lots of controversy.
Steve Waugh is married to Lynette Waugh. His beautiful wife gave birth to three amazing children. In 2005 Stephen Waugh was named Australian Father of the Year. His salary and his entire assets together make an impressive and significant net worth that ranges near about $8 million to $20 million. Steve Waugh has earned his name and fame as a talented Australian cricketer with high ambitions.
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