Legendary Waugh genes and sports go hand and hand with latest being Austin, Steve Waugh’s son, who plays Under 15 level Cricket for the New South Wales.
Austin was part of the playing XI of the New South Wales vs Northern Territory game as part of the National Championships conducted by School Sports Australia at Darwin, Northern Australia.
Northern Territory were tottering at 5-81 when Austin got the ball in his hand and the eventual score was a meagre 92. Waugh ran through the lower middle order and the tail with ease using his incisive in swinging seam ups.
Waugh’s figures read 4.4-0-8-4 bettering his Dad’s Career best 4-33 vs Sri Lanka in Colombo.
His contributions in the field also involved two catches, both at cover.
New South Wales team too didn’t get off to a great start either, reeling at 4-53 when Waugh walked out to join his teammate, Thomas Sowden and scored a calm 17 not out of 37 deliveries and most importantly batted for over 68 minutes soaking the pressure of a run chase.
Austin Waugh later expressed his excitement over his bowling contribution and said “I’m happy that I got a few wickets, it came off and the pitch movement helped a bit”.
Steve along with his wife made the trip north to see their son’s tour.
“Dad just said well done today and before the tournament said just to trust myself and back myself” Austin added.
The performance puts Austin well in contention for Australian under 16 squad and he is looking to impress his uncle, Mark Waugh who is the selector.
“I’m not looking past these championships at the moment, just looking to win these. I’ll play my best and whatever happens, happens” said a modest Austin about his chances.
“I haven’t told Uncle Mark yet, I might give him a call” Austin said about informing Mark Waugh about his performance in the game.