Appreciation: Stephen Waugh

When cricketer Stephen Rodger Waugh was first selected for Australia as a whippet-thin all-rounder in 1985, the side was struggling, and Waugh was no instant hero. (He took four years to make his first century.) But Australians admire a battler, and Waugh looked as if he could fight a bushfire and save his team from defeat in the same afternoon.

The player from working-class Sydney grew as he learned. He cultivated a deep passion and respect for the history and traditions of cricket, wrote a series of tour diaries that revealed a fascination with the way the world...

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