Son of former Australian captain Steve Waugh, Austin Waugh started off his Under-19 World Cup 2018 campaign on a horrible note with the ball. Waugh Jr. looked a lot like his father, bowling medium pace in the death overs. However, he did not get the same result as expected. Austin got picked off for too many runs as he was smashed around for boundaries.
At the end of India’s innings, his bowling figures were 1 for 64 in 6 overs and his economy rate 10.67. This was the worst economy rate by an Australian bowler in Under-19 World Cups and second worst in youth ODIs.
Austin came in to bowl his first over in the 24th over of the innings. He gave away just 4 runs including a wide delivery in his first over even when Indian skipper Prithvi Shaw was going all guns blazing. However, in the next over Prithvi struck him for a boundary and Austin ended up giving 10 runs from it.
It all went downhill for him from there on. Austin gave away 13 runs in his third over and was removed from the bowling attack as half-centurion Manjot Kalra struck him for a four and six.
He was brought back into the attack in the later stages of the innings. He gave 11, 13 and 14 runs in fourth, fifth and sixth over respectively. Though he managed to get his maiden wicket in Under-19 World Cup by bowling a slower ball to Anukul Roy in the 47th over of the innings. His father applauded the effort sitting in the shades.
Twitterati did not hold back from trolling Austin –
Not even the best in his family! I imagine like his Dad he’ll come fighting back. Form is temporary, class is permanent. Steve Waugh one of my all time favourites. Good luck Austin! https://t.co/cXzmHVbmEt
— Simon Chowdhury (@scserendipity1) January 14, 2018
— JJ (@jjliveson) January 14, 2018
— Dipzzzzz…. (@fire_on_ice82) January 14, 2018
U19 India vs. Aus. Tom Moody’s commentary laughable. Not once has he called any out right. It’s more like his inner wishes than what he sees there on field. His bias toward Austin Waugh very clear
— Sriram (@Raminations) January 14, 2018
Not a great day for Austin Waugh (Steve Waugh’s son) with the ball, he ends with figures of 1-64 from his six overs #U19CWC
— Gav Joshi (@Gampa_cricket) January 14, 2018
— Puneet Gupta (@puneet48) January 14, 2018
Sunday morning special:
Austin Waugh running in to bowl at the #U19CWC ,papa Steve sitting beneath the scoreboard watching, Sourav Ganguly on the mike, asking what Steve does these days for a living!
& we also have Prithvi Shaw, with Sachin Tendulkar’s footwork, going strong!
— Dr.Titas Kar (@titask9) January 14, 2018
Did you guys noticed the legend Steve Waugh watching the match meanwhile #PrithviShaw hit another magnificent front foot pool for a cracking four on his son’s Austin Waugh bowling. #U19CWC #ICCU19WorldCup #IndU19VsAusU19
— SK Chauhan (@imshaileshkumar) January 14, 2018
Steve Waugh’s son Austin Waugh conceded 64 runs in 6 overs at an economy of 10.66.
— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 14, 2018
Great start to the U19 campaign for Team India. 327-7 in 50 with the top 3 scoring the bulk of the runs. Prithvi Shaw 94, Manjot Kalra 86, Shubham Gill 63. Steve Waugh payyan Austin Waugh aka Stone Cold Steve Austin’a pirichitanga. 6 overs 64. #U19CWC
— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) January 14, 2018
Will Sutherland, Austin Waugh…
This composition of Australian Team looks more like Indian politics. #U19CWC
— Vibhav तिवारी | विभव (@vibhavarms) January 14, 2018
The legendary Steve Waugh came to Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui to watch his son feature in the Under-19 World Cup. It is too early to judge Austin on the basis of just one bowling spell and that too when the Indian batsmen got going.
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 14, 2018
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) January 13, 2018
India scored 328 for 7 in the first innings with the help of half-centuries from openers Prithvi Shaw (94 runs from 100 balls), Manjot Kalra (86 runs from 99 balls) and Shubham Gill (63 runs from 54 balls).