Allan Robert Border
(Australian Retired Cricketer)
Allan Robert Donald famously known as Pugsley, Captain Grumpy and Allan was born on 27th July 1955 at Cremone, Australia and was the first Australian captain to taste the World Cup glory in 1987. He his still regarded as one of the most succesful captains Australia has ever produced because he lead the Australian team at the time when world cricket was totally dominated by Windies. He started off playing cricket as a kid in his backyard and went onto represent Australia for a brief period of 16 years and accumulated 11,174 runs in 156 Tests at an average of 50.56 and 6,524 runs in 273 ODIs at an average 30.62. He is also the first ever Australian batsmen to cross the 10,000 run mark in Test matches.
|Nickname:||Allan, Pugsley, Captain Grumpy|
|Profession:||Australian Retired Cricketer|
|Autobiography:||Allan Border- An Autobiography, Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story|
|Height (approx.):||175 cm|
|Weight (approx.):||72 kg|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Blue|
|Hair Colour:||Ash Grey|
|Date of Birth:||27th July 1955|
|Age (as on 2017):||62 years|
|Birth Place:||Cremorne, Sydney, Australia|
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign:||Leo|
|School:||North Sydney Boys High School|
|Educational Qualifications:||High School Graduate|
|Address:||New South Wales, Australia|
|Test:||9th Dec 1978 vs England at Melbourne|
|ODI:||13th Jan 1979 vs England at Sydney|
|Domestic/State Team:||Gloucestershire, New South Wales, Queensland, Essex|
|Nature on field:||Aggressive|
|Likes to play against:||England|
|Favourite Shot/Ball:||Cover drive, Straight drive|
- He is the first ever batsman to score 150 or more runs in both innings of a Test match.
- When he retired, he was the highest run-getter in test cricket. This record was held by him until Nov 2005 when Brain Lara eclipsed this feat.
- He once held the record of most scores between fifty and 100 (63) and most fifties (90) across formats, but this record was transcended by Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
- Until he retired, he was the most capped Australian.
- He is the first player to feature in 150 Test matches.
- He holds the record for batting in most Test match innings (265) than any other after Sachin Tendulkar.
- Most Test runs (6.623) and most test appearance as a captain (93). Both these records were later surpassed by South Africa’s Graeme Smith.
- He holds the record of playing most consecutive Test (153) in the history of the game.
- Allan Border is the first ever Australian captain to lift the World Cup in 1987.
|Career Turning Point:||Winning the 1987 World Cup, the first World Cup triumph for Australia.|
|Favourite Bowlers:||Craig McDermott, Glenn McGrath|
|Favourite Cricket Ground:||Melbourne Cricket Ground, Sydney Cricket Ground|
|Favourite sports personalities:||NA|
|Favourite Book:||Ashes Glory, Cricket As I See It by Allan Border|
|Girlfriends, Spouse and Children|
|Net Worth:||$4 million|
|Lesser Known Facts|
- Smoking: No
- Drinking Alcohol: Yes
- He once took 11 wickets in a test match against West Indies.
- Allan Border is an author as well, he has written many books like Cricket as I see(2014), One-day Magic(1991), Ashes Glory: Allan Border’s Own Story(1989), A Peep at the Poms(1987), Allan Border: An Autobiography(1986), Beyond Ten Thousand: My Life Story(1994).
- Post his retirement, he continued playing for the Queensland side who won the Sheffield Sheild trophy for the very first time.
- He became a Member of Order of Australia in 1996 after his retirement and the Officer of the Order of Australia 3 years later in the year 1989.
- In 1994, Allan Border was named Queenslander of the year.
- He received an Australian Sports Medal in the year 2000.
- Currently, Allan Border is working as a commentator for Fox Sports Australia.
- He is an ICC Cricket Hall of Famer as he was inducted among the 55 inaugural inductees.
- Allan Border also received the Queensland Greats Awards in the year 2016.
- He was also inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in the year 2000.
- He is also named as the ‘twelfth man’ in Autralia’s “Greatest ODI Team ever”.