Steve Waugh’s son walks away from cricket

Steve Waugh’s son Austin is taking a break from cricket as the pressure of carrying one of the sport’s most famous surnames played a part in the young gun falling out of love with the game.

Austin, 21, has reportedly told his Sydney grade club Sutherland he won’t be playing for a while as he takes time out to rediscover his passion for cricket, according to Sharks captain and Sydney Sixers paceman Ben Dwarshuis.

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“He wasn’t that interested in playing this year and wanted to spend a little bit of time away from it,” Dwarshuis told The Sunday Telegraph.

“He’s a great player with a lot of potential but you never want to push someone to play.

“The game can take its toll and having Waugh as a surname just adds that little bit of extra pressure.

“I think he’s enjoying a bit of time away. Hopefully he takes a year off and comes back refreshed and loving his cricket again.”

Austin has represented NSW under-age sides and also played for the Australian Under-19s as he followed in his father’s footsteps, showing remarkable similarities to his dad as the talented all-rounder forged a career of his own.

Austin is taking a break.Source:News Corp Australia

His batting in particular reminded plenty of good judges of Steve, who played 168 Tests for Australia, captaining his country 57 times for 41 wins.

In 2016, former South Australian wicketkeeper and then-Cricket Australia pathways manager Graham Manou, noticed the similarities immediately.

“It was very scary, the first time I saw him, his mannerisms,” Manou said. “Genetically, I suppose you’d expect (it) but it’s like he’s watched a tape of his old man for years. They’re very, very similar.”

Austin was on hand as a substitute fielder for Australia during the fourth Test against India in the 2018-19 summer and has previously played down expectations that naturally come with his surname, and also tried to distance his game from his dad.

“I think our batting styles are pretty different, but our bowling is a bit similar,” Austin said in 2018. “We have a few similarities, but on the whole, I’m a pretty different player to him.

“He (Steve) is always going to be there, people are going to have an interest in him, being the player that he was. I’ll just keep focusing on my game, I am not worried about that.”

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