I was in hospital with a broken nose: Steve Waugh narrates moment that changed him as captain

Aug 17, 9:55:51 AM

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Former Australia cricketer Steve Waugh is regarded as one of the finest leaders in cricketing history. During his reign as captain, Australia excelled in both formats of the game. 


He recently recalled an incident that shaped up his stint as the leader of the pack. During a 1999 series in Sri Lanka, Waugh suffered a serious collision with pacer Jason Gillespie. Both sustained severe injuries- Waugh suffered from compound fractures on his nose while Gillespie left the ground with a fractured leg. 


While he was admitted in a hospital, Waugh had genuine thoughts of losing out on the captaincy. With his chances of being match-fit for the next tie looked slim, the captaincy was likely to move to someone else.


‘If I never get to captain again, have I done myself justice? Had I done it my way?’ And the answer was, no I hadn’t,” Waugh told Damian Barrett on the latest episode of the AFL journalist’s podcast In The Game.


Waugh said that was the moment he decided that he will lead the side in his own way. While listening to wiser voices was very much in his to-do list, Waugh wanted to call the shots and put things out on his own terms.


Waugh succeeded Mark Taylor as Test captain in the same year. He led Australia in the ‘world-record’15 out of the 16 successive Test victories and lifted the famous 1999 World Cup.

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