Cricket News 28/10/02
After being replaced by Darren Lehmann for the first Ashes Test against England in Brisbane on 7 November, Mark Waugh in a press conference held moments ago, appeared to accept his International career is over and says; “He looks forward to being able to concentrate on playing for New South Wales and even captaining the team if required.” He also said; “That he has not enjoyed his cricket over the last few matches and is glad the pressure is now off him to perform.”
Waugh, who has been in a slump recently after being dropped from the Australian One Day Team, was not able to hold his place in the Test squad after a recent poor performance against Pakistan in their three match series held in Colombo and Sharjah.
An illustrious career with the bat, has come to a swift conclusion with the Australian selectors not confident that Waugh is capable of delivering the goods against the English in the coming five match Ashes series. Although Waugh has performed exceptionally well in previous Ashes series against the English, both in England and at home, the ACB believes Darren Lehmann to be a more suitable selection due to his consistent form with the bat over the last few seasons.
Waugh continued to maintain the confidence of fellow Australian team members, many of whom have come out in support of their team-mate in recent days with a number of media interviews, but was unable to stave off his inevitable even if, mostly unexpected axing from the Test team.
His successful career with the Australian team saw him finish his representative career after 128 Tests and 244 One Day International matches.
128 Tests - Batting - 8029 Runs at an average of 41.81
Bowling - 808.5 Overs with 59 wickets at an average of 41.16
244 ODI’s - 8500 Runs at an average of 39.35
Bowling - 614.3 Overs with 85 wickets at an average of 34.56