Austin Waugh, son of former Australian captain Steve Waugh had an impressing outing in School Sport Australia under 15 National Championships in Darwin.
In a match between New South Wales (NSW) and Northern Territory (NT), Austin decimated the latter’s middle and lower order with the ball. He was brought into attack when NT were precariously placed at 81 for five. He finished with figures of four for nine in his spell of 4.4 overs. On the contrary he had a decent outing while fielding as he cupped two catches while fielding at covers and assisted his team restrict Northern Territory to 92.
NT while batting got off to a disastrous start as they lost four early wickets for 53. Austin came into bat at number six and fought hard scoring an unbeaten 17 as he carried his team over the line.
As reported by Cricket Australia official website, Austin was much delighted to steer his team towards their second straight win of the tournament. “I’m happy that I got a few wickets, it came off and the pitch movement helped a bit,” he said.
“I haven’t got stuck in yet (about the bowling figures) … but I will,” he added.
As responsible parents, Steve and his wife Lynette travelled all the way to north to watch his son in action and helped the teenager with some useful tips which might come handy on the field.
“Dad just said well done for today and before the tournament told me to trust myself and back myself,” said Austin, who is following his father’s footsteps.
Like Steve, Austin too is an all-rounder who bowls medium pace. Steve later went on to be one of Australia’s greatest captains and batsmen. This performance gives Austin a fair chance to make it to the Australian under-16 squad. His uncle Mark, who is Steve’s twin, is the national selector. Mark was one of the most elegant batsmen of all times was Steve’s NSW and Australia teammate for many years.
Austin said, “I’m not looking past these championships at the moment, (we’re) just looking to win these … I’ll play my best and whatever happens,”
“I haven’t told Uncle Mark yet, I might give him a call,” he concluded.