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Steve Waugh signs off in style

By Will Swanton 22/02/2004 08:55:10 PM Comments (0)

Steve Waugh spanked a farewell fifty in Sunday's ING Cup game against Tasmania then rued the fact his brother Mark was denied a bat in their last appearance in coloured clothing for NSW.

Maybe, as he light-heartedly suggested, they should have opened.

The Blues, replying to Tasmania's mediocre 210, waltzed home by eight wickets in the 27th over with Phil Jaques blasting 75 from 44-balls, allrounder Dominic Thornely stroking 70 not out from 64 deliveries and Waugh saying goodbye to one-day cricket with an unbeaten 44-ball knock of 50.

"It's nice, Sydney's a good place to get a few runs, there was a good crowd today so it was enjoyable," said Waugh, whose side was already out of contention to defend their Cup title.

Most of the 4,753 strong SCG crowd came to watch the Waughs but apart from a catch to dismiss George Bailey from the bowling of Stuart MacGill, Mark had little involvement.

"It would have been nice for Mark to have a hit at the end," said Steve.

Asked if he was tempted to push Mark up the order, Steve grinned and replied, "Not really, no. The other guys are going well. Phil Jaques is going really well. There was a temptation to open with the Waugh brothers but you can't mess around too much with everyone."

Steve and Mark Waugh's next game for NSW will be in the Pura Cup against Queensland at the SCG from March 4-7.

It'll be their last games before retiring, unless the Blues win outright and qualify for the final.

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