17 January, 2021

Waugh, Waugh: Twinning's End

They're already out of the ODI squad, and a string of no-shows is no good news for the siblings

The Australian
Waugh, Waugh: Twinning's End
Even Nostradamus got it right. "...two twin brothers torn apart by chaos; while the fortress falls, the great leader will succumb...." The 50 states that play the World Series may think it is the World Trade Center, but the 10 nations that play the World Cup could well wonder if the man who saw tomorrow was actually foreseeing the end of the Brothers Waugh—Stephen Rodger and Mark Edward. Cricket's twin towers—one granite, one glass—succumbing to the brutal Taliban in the Australian establishment.

To be sure, unlike September 11, the Aussie fortress did not crumble in Cape Town on the day after March 11. Far from it. By winning the second Test and the second series in a row against South Africa, they only reaffirmed their position as the best Test nation. But the no-show by the Waughs in the tenth largest run-chase in Test history (Mark 25 and 16, Steve 0 and 14) has prompted many to ask if the two will be around in the "world's most winningest side" when their 37th birthday arrives on June 2.

Already, the Waughs are out of the one-day side, and unless a plague...


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