Austin Waugh, the son of legendary Australian batsman Steve Waugh slammed a hundred in the finals of the National U17 Championships earlier this week. The youngster has a striking resemblance to his father on the field as he displayed a beautiful sweep shot and was also found celebrating his century in with the signatory fist pump just like his father who too would celebrate his century in the same manner. Waugh was the top-scorer for his team with his brilliant century of 126 runs off 136 deliveries which were laced with four boundaries and four huge sixes as his side mounted a total of 6-274 from their 50 overs. ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand 3rd Test: Did BCCI just hold Lodha Committee to ransom with Indian cricket being the loser?
“I knew if I stuck in there, the runs would come later on in the innings, especially with this quick outfield,” Waugh said according to cricket.com.au “It made it a bit harder early on, losing a few early wickets, so it was good to get a few runs … I knew I had to stick around.
“It’s been a great experience, but it’s just good today to capitalise, getting a hundred. It made all the other games stepping stones up to this one.”
Not only did the junior waugh score a century in the final but he also ended with four catches and three run-outs under his belt, which have drawn the comparison lines closer to his father. Austin has finished his tournament with 372 runs at an average of 74.4 making him the leading run-scorer for his side Metro NSW. he was outrun by Queensland’s Angus Lovell, who has two tons and three half-centuries at an impressive average of 80.17,throughout the tournament. Steve Waugh has made it clear that he doesn’t want to pressurise his son and that he has given him his own time to play his game, which seems to be working exceptionally well for the youngster.
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