Allan Border made his
debut in the Sheffield Shield for New South Wales in 1976-77 then played
two seasons in England. He is a left-handed batsman and bowler.
In 1978-79 he scored
his maiden Test century (105) against Pakistan. This was at a time when
World Series cricket had been introduced.
He became the
Australian captain in 1984-85 then regained the Ashes in 1989 and
retained them in 1990-91 and 1993.
the third test of 1988-89 he became the first Australia to play in 100
Test matches. By his 100th Test he had scored 7650 runs - an average of
52.76 - 23 Test centuries and 109 catches. Not a bad record!
From 1978-1994 he
accumulated a world-record breaking 10,695 runs from 147 games (an
average of 51.17 per game). No other Australian has scored that many
runs, and none is expected to equal him in the future. He also captained
more Tests than any other Captain so far.
In 1989 he was given
the Order of Australia (AO) for his support and achievements in Cricket.
In 1990 he was voted Australian of the Year.
He was born in Sydney