Steve Waugh and Mark Waugh’s International careers in numbers

Some of the major achievements and interesting numbers created by the pair in International cricket.

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Steve Waugh (L) and Mark Waugh (R). (Photo Source: AllSport)

June 2nd will remain a special date for Australian cricket as it is the birthday of the Waugh brothers who went on to rule the game in the 1990s. Steve Waugh became one of the greatest ever captains in Test and ODI formats and ended his career as a great in Test cricket.

Mark Waugh wasn’t too far behind Steve in terms of batting, in fact, had a far more successful ODI career as a batsman. Though Steve was only four minutes older than Mark, he made his International debut five years before his younger brother.

Some of the major achievements and interesting numbers produced by the pair in International cricket:

3 – The Waugh twins are one of the three pairs of twins to feature in Men’s International cricket. New Zealand’s Hamish Marshall and James Marshall and Netherlands’ Mark Jonkman and Maurits Jonkman are the other pair of twins to have featured in Men’s Internationals.


32 – Steve’s 32 Test tons are the 2nd most for Australia behind Ricky Ponting’s 41 while Mark’s 18 ODI centuries are the 2nd most by any player for Australia after Ponting’s 29 hundreds.

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87 – Steve Waugh featured in 87 consecutive ODI matches between January 1986 and February 1990. Only Adam Gilchrist (97) featured in more consecutive ODIs for Australia. Steve’s streak came to an end when his brother Mark Waugh was preferred in the playing XI.


71.92 – Steve’s win % as captain is the highest for any captain in the Test cricket. Australia won 41 out of the 57 Test matches under Waugh’s captaincy.

His win % of 66.25 in International cricket is the 2nd highest after Ricky Ponting’s 67.90 among the captains who have led the team in more than 100 matches.


107 – Mark Waugh represented Australia in 107 consecutive Tests from 1993 to 2002. Only Alastair Cook (154* for England) and Allan Border (153 for Australia) featured in more consecutive Tests for their teams.

His brother Steven featured in 125 consecutive Internationals for Australia between 1985 and 1989. Only Allan Border (129) represented Australia in more consecutive Internationals.

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8500 – Mark Waugh’s 8500 runs in the ODI format are the 3rd most by any player for Australia. Ricky Ponting (13589) and Adam Gilchrist (9595) scored over 9000 ODI runs for Australia. Steve Waugh has the 5th most runs for Australia in ODIs with 7569 runs.


10927 – Steve is one of the three players to score 10000 Test runs for Australia. Mark (8029) is one of the six players to score over 8000 Test runs for the Aussies till date.


18496 – Steve Waugh’s 18496 runs in International cricket are the 2nd most by an Australian behind Ricky Ponting’s 27368 runs. Mark Waugh stands 5th in this list with 16529 runs to his name.

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