Austin Waugh, who is the son of former Australian captain, Steve Waugh has decided to take a break from cricket at the age of just 21. Austin is an all-rounder and plays for a Sydney grade club Sutherland.
In 2016, Austin came into the limelight when he hit an unbeaten hundred in the final of the Under-17 National Championships. He was part of the 2018 Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. The right-hander scored 32 runs in 2 matches and picked a solitary wicket. Australia lost to Prithvi Shaw’s India in the final.
Not interested in playing this year: Austin Waugh
Sutherland captain, Ben Dwarshuis revealed to The Sunday Telegraph that Austin Waugh is not interested in playing this year, and wished to spend some time away from cricket. He opined that Austin is a talented player and hopefully will make a comeback soon.
Dwarshuis believes that there is always an added pressure and attention on Austin Waugh for being the son of the legendary Steve Waugh, who led Australia to victory in the 1999 World Cup. Steve scored over 10,000 runs in Tests and more than 7000 in ODIs.
Steve’s twin brother, Mark Waugh as represented for Australia alongside him. His other brothers, Daniel and Dean, have played cricket for New South Wales. Hence the surname of Waugh might have had to do something with Austin’s decision to take a break from cricket.
Ben Dwarshuis said, “He wasn’t that interested in playing this year and wanted to spend a little bit of time away from it. He’s a great player with a lot of potential but you never want to push someone to play.
“The game can take its toll and having Waugh as a surname just adds that little bit of extra pressure. I think he’s enjoying a bit of time away. Hopefully he takes a year off and comes back refreshed and loving his cricket again.”