Allan Border achieved fame as a cricketer. He holds the record for the most number of test matches ever played, 156, as well as the most number of test runs ever scored, 11,174. His batting average was 50.56.

Born on 27 July, 1955, and raised in Mosman, a suburb of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia, Border was a batting prodigy as a youth. He broke into the New South Wales team in the 1976/77 season as a left-handed batsman and occasional left-arm slow orthodox bowler, and then quickly made his way into the Australian team in the 1978/79 season.

Allan Border took over the captaincy of the Australian test team in January 1985 after Kim Hughes' tearful resignation. This was a particularly low point in Australian cricket - three great players in Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh had recently retired, and new captain Kim Hughes had proven himself incapable of leading the team. Although Border did not seem to have the personality required for a captain, he was the only batsman on the team who had the talent and consistency to ensure his continued selection, and for this reason the job was his.

The early years of Border's captaincy established his legend. Although the team was weak, and lost to just about everybody, Border's reputation grew as a defensive batsman who could be relied upon to single-handedly save his team from ignominious defeat.

In later years, Border began to have more success as a captain. His batting remained strong, although whatever style he had possessed evaporated, and he became a patient batsman who waited for bowlers to bowl at his strengths - his cut and pull.

Border's bowling was an underrated feature of his game, and he holds the record for the best return of an Australian captain in a test match, 11-96 against the West Indies in 1989.

Border played his last test match in 1993/94. He currently works as a selector for the Australian cricket team.

His career statistics are:

TESTS
                       M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   156  265  44 11174  205   50.56  27  63  156   0

                    Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling              4009  197  1525   39  39.10  7-46    2   1 102.7  2.28

ONE-DAY INTERNATIONALS
                       M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave     SR 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding   273  252  39  6524  127*  30.62  71.40   3  39  127   0

                    Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling              2661   11  2071   73  28.36  3-20    0   0  36.4  4.66

FIRST-CLASS
 (career: 1976/77 - 1995/96)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  385  625  97 27131  205   51.38  70 142  379   0

                    Balls    M     R    W    Ave   BBI    5  10    SR  Econ
Bowling              9750  412  4161  106  39.25  7-46    3   1  91.9  2.56

LIST A LIMITED OVERS
 (career: 1977/78 - 1995/96)
                      M    I  NO  Runs   HS     Ave 100  50   Ct  St
Batting & Fielding  382  353  58  9355  127*  31.71   3  62  183   0

                    Balls     R    W    Ave   BBI   4w  5w    SR  Econ
Bowling              3703  2905   90  32.27  3-20    0   0  41.1  4.70

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