Australia names Steve Waugh’s son Austin Waugh as an emergency fielder
Austin Waugh represented his country in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018.
Updated - Jan 3, 2019 10:00 pm
For the Indian cricket fans who woke up early to watch the young and exciting talents in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup around a year earlier, Austin Waugh is a familiar name. For those who did not, Austin can be recognized as the son of famous Australian cricketer Steve Waugh. While his Indian U19 counterpart in the tournament, Prithvi Shaw is now a part of the Test team, he has also made some significant progress. The young cricketer was listed on the Australian cricket team’s sheet for the SCG Test.
When Australia released their team list for the fourth and final Test of the ongoing series against India, all eyes were scrutinising the eleven selected Baggy Greens to take the field at the Sydney Cricket Ground. However, the ‘eagle eyes’ were quick to find out that there is a surprise pick in the list of emergency fielders. Amongst the list that features the names of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who played the MCG game, Henry Hunt and Nathan Baker, Austin Waugh also found his place.
Cricket journalist Adam Collins uploaded the image of the team on Twitter, using the title “Austin Waugh on the Australian team sheet as a sub fielder. #AUSvIND.”Australian cricket fans have huge expectations from the 19-year-old son of a legend, as a Twitter user confidently said “He will be in the top section in the next 3 years.”
— Adam Collins (@collinsadam) January 2, 2019
Surprise outside, shambles inside
Keeping out of field and out of context surprises aside, the Baggy Greens failed to produce a commendable performance on the field. On being asked to bowl first by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Tim Paine’s boys picked up only 4 wickets in their 90 overs, while they saw Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal score a century and a half-century respectively. Hanuma Vihari is looking impressive too, batting not out on 39.
After the infamous sandpaper gate incident, Australian cricket has been subjected to some harsh times. Their fans are now relying on the next generation to reclaim lost territories. Waugh’s U19 team captain, Jason Sangha is now finding his feet in the Big Bash League.