Steve Waugh's massive contribution to Australia's last World Cup victory further entrenched his status, as one of cricket's most resilient and effective players.
Steve had become the 40th captain of the Australian Test team in February 1999, at a time when he was officially rated the World's No / 1 batsman and was already the leader of his country's One – Day cricket side.
Now he's a veteran of more that 100 Test matches, scorer of more than 7000 Test runs and 19 Test centuries, taker of 89 Test wickets and holder of many of Australia's one – day cricket records. Steve led the Australian Test team to their world record number of 16 consecutive wins.
Besides being one of Australia's most admired Captains, Steve has an enviable reputation as an author, writer and commentator. His work for Channel Nine and articles for publications such as the London Sunday Times have helped build his status as one of the game's shrewdest observers, while the success of his six books, all written without the aid of a â€˜ghost writer', has made him Australia' best – selling sports author.
His charity work, especially his patronage of the Udayan Children's home in Calcutta - India, Camp Quality and Cerebal Palsy Association in Australia, has given him a worthy reputation well beyond the realms of sport.