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Waugh's six of the best
Steve Waugh is bowing out of Test cricket after 168 appearances for Australia. BBC Sport recalls some of his greatest innings.

177 not out v England, 1st Test, Headingley 1989

Steve Waugh at Headingley in 1989
Waugh during his Headingley ton

Having thrown Waugh in at the deep end against India as a 20-year-old, the Australian selectors had to wait three and a half years for their faith in his talent to finally pay off.

Having passed 50 on 10 previous occasions, it was not until his 27th Test appearance that Waugh finally reached three figures in the opening game of his first Ashes tour.

Waugh hit 24 fours to help Australia total 601 for seven declared, and they went on to win the game by 210 runs.

The breakthrough made, Waugh followed up by scoring an unbeaten 152 in the second Test.

200 v West Indies, 4th Test, Jamaica 1995

The highest score of his Test career, made doubly sweet by twin brother Mark also hitting a century.

The stakes could hardly have been higher in the final game of the series, with the two sides locked at 1-1.

The brothers came together with Australia on 73 for three, and shared a partnership of 231 before Mark was out for 126.

Steve batted for more than nine hours, hitting a six and 17 fours before he was the last man out, caught by Brian Lara off Kenny Benjamin.

Australia eventually won by an innings and 53 runs to clinch their first series victory in the Caribbean for 22 years.

108 & 116 v England, 3rd Test, Old Trafford 1997

Waugh's one-man show was all the more remarkable because he was handicapped while batting by a badly bruised hand.

Already 1-0 down in the series, Australia were 42 for three in their first innings when Waugh strode to the middle, but he counter-attacked boldly to enable them to total 235.

Shane Warne claimed six wickets to give them a first innings lead of 71 but they were in trouble again on 39 for three when Waugh began his second innings.

This time he occupied the crease for more than six hours to put Australia in a match-winning position, and they duly wrapped up the game by 268 runs.

157 v Pakistan, 1st Test, Rawalpindi 1998

Scoring centuries in the sub-continent against top quality spin bowling is never easy.

But Waugh batted magnificently to defy Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq after Australia had been reduced to 28 for three.

Aided by Michael Slater (108) and Darren Lehmann (98), Waugh batted his side into a commanding lead and they eventually won by an innings and 99 runs.

102 not out v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 2002

Waugh's 199 in Barbados five years ago and his 157 not out at The Oval in 2001, when batting despite a hamstring pull, are both worthy of mention.

But the circumstances surrounding his century at the SCG last winter earn it a place among his top half dozen innings.

With the selectors looking to introduce new blood, and having already been dropped from the one-day team, Waugh had a point to prove on his home ground.

The brilliance of his strokeplay which carried him to three figures off 130 balls prompted him to say: "I don't think it gets any better than that."

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