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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 08:40 GMT 09:40 UK
Waugh 'should retire now'
Steve Waugh
Waugh faces renewed calls that he should retire
Two former Australia Test stars have called on captain Steve Waugh to retire now to allow the team to build for the future.

Former paceman Jeff Thomson's opposition to Waugh was highlighted by two Sydney newspapers.

"It's time to move on," said Thomson. "And it's a good time to do it when the opposition isn't that good."

Top-ranked Australia host bottom-ranked Bangladesh in a two-Test series in Darwin and Cairns next month.

"What's he going to prove if he plays Bangladesh? Who cares if Steve Waugh gets a hundred?" added Thomson.

"If (uncapped 22-year-old) Michael Clarke gets 100, I am sure everybody would be happy to see that."

David Hookes said World Cup-winning skipper Ricky Ponting should be also be handed captaincy of the Test side.

"I can't see any point Steve Waugh playing Bangladesh. He won't get a hit for starters," he said.

Ageing look

Hookes, a constant critic of Waugh, said the 38-year-old's presence in the middle order would give it an ageing look alongside Damien Martyn, 31, and Darren Lehmann, 33.

Waugh averaged 75.33 as he led Australia to a 3-1 victory in the Test series in the West Indies last month.

He is no longer part of Australia's one-day plans and had to watch from home in Sydney when the team lifted the World Cup in South Africa earlier this year.

Waugh has played a world record 160 Tests and hit 30 centuries, behind only Sunil Gavaskar (34) and Sachin Tendulkar (31).

Thomson also says Glenn McGrath, rated the best bowler in Australia, should no longer bowl with the new ball.

He said it was also a "waste" if the fast-medium McGrath bowled with the breeze behind him.

"If the wicket's got something in it you may as well use [Jason] Gillespie and [Brett] Lee," Thomson said.

"Lee should be opening the bowling, get the choice of ends. To bowl Lee into the wind is not on any more."



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