Cricket World Rewind: #OnThisDay - Steve and Mark Waugh become first male twins to play together in Tests
April 5, 1991 - Liz and Rose Signal became the first-ever twins to play international cricket together on July 6, 1984 at Headingley, well before the Waugh brothers. Interestingly, that was the only Test of Rose's career.
It was on this day 29 years ago that Steve and Mark Waugh represented Australia together for the first of 105 occasions. The result was a rain-affected draw, in which Mark made 64 and took a wicket, and Steve made 26.
Steve, who is regarded as one of the greatest captains of all-time, entered international cricket first, making his debut against India at the MCG in 1985. He was then included in the national ODI team a year later. A patch of poor form then saw him getting dropped from the Australian team during the 1991 Ashes series.
By this point, Steve had six years and 42 matches under his belt in the international circuit. Replacing him in the playing XI was none other than his twin brother, Mark, who scored a hundred on his debut against England in Adelaide.
It was ironical that Mark replaced Steve at that point. It was Steve who broke the news to the debutant. When Mark asked who he had replaced, Steve told his brother that it was him.
"Stephen wasn't happy ... I've not received a Christmas present since!"— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) April 5, 2020
Twenty-nine years to the day since Steve & Mark Waugh played their first Test together, take a look back on a moment they'd rather forget ?? pic.twitter.com/gDpb6OJ5Ch
When Steve returned to the national side during the tour of the Caribbean where he played a Test match together with his brother for the first time in Trinidad, the duo of Mark and Steve became the first male twins to feature together in Tests.
“Becoming the first twins to play a Test together was a proud moment for Mark and me, though we both just wanted to get on with the game and bypass the sideshow that developed once the new line-up was announced. No doubt Mum and Dad back home were excited, doubly nervous and extremely proud at seeing their boys making it together,” wrote Steve in his autobiography.
The twins had a fair amount of success in limited-overs too where Mark made a name for himself as an elegant opener while Steve carved a niche for himself in the middle order as a gritty batsman. Their finest moment of ODI career came during the 1999 World Cup in England when under the captaincy of Steve Waugh; Australia lifted their second World Cup title defeating Pakistan in the final. Mark was a key member of the side.
Mark finished his international career with 8029 runs from 128 Tests at an average of 41.81 while in ODIs he recorded 8500 runs from 244 matches at an average of 39.35.
Steve bowed out of cricket with 10,927 runs from 168 Tests at an average of 51.06. In ODIs, he finished with 7569 runs from 325 ODIs with an average of 32.90.
Mark Waugh was nicknamed Junior as he is younger than his twin brother Steve by a few minutes. Dean Waugh, another of Mark's brothers, is also a cricketer, having played both First-class and List A cricket in Australia for New South Wales. Steve's son, Austin, has also played for the Australian under-19 team.
Some of the other well-known twins to play together are Fernie and Rene Shevill, Alex and Kate Blackwell, Hamish and James Marshall.
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