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Thatscricket - Wish your star

Published: Friday, November 16, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: Australian batting star Mark Waugh said on Friday that he intends to continue his prolific Test cricket career possibly until he is past the age of 40.[an error occurred while processing this directive]His 36-year-old twin brother and Test skipper, Steve Waugh, has already made his intentions known that he wants to play Test cricket for another four years and Mark said he held similar ambitions."If I happened to finish today I'd be very happy with what I've achieved, but having said that I'd like to play for another couple of years," Mark, who hasn't had the injury problems of his brother, said on Friday."I've achieved a lot, played in a great era of Australian cricket and I look back on my career with pride."I'm just going to take one season at a time ... all being well and if I'm still enjoying the game, I'd like to play for another few years but beyond that I couldn't possibly tell you."Apart from a few finger injuries, I haven't had too many injuries so that won't be a problem, I don't think."Both Waugh brothers have indicated they would like to tour India in 2005 and gain revenge for this year's stunning series loss.Mark has plenty of other incentives to continue his 117-Test career.He's 15th on the all-time list of Test batsmen with 7,511 runs - just four runs behind Clive Lloyd, 14 behind Mark Taylor and 47 behind Gordon Greenidge.Another 500 runs would move him into the prestigious top 10 with Sir Garfield Sobers (8,032) not far away."You don't play to break records or get past other people," he said."I just try to make as many runs as I can. If I happen to get past a few blokes, so be it but it's not in my mind at all."Hopefully I'll get past Mark Taylor, I'd like to think I would! We've (Steve) both worked harder in the last year on our fitness than ever before, so it might squeak a few extra years out of us."

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