WC 2003 - Stephen Waugh in no mood to bid farewell

Published: Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Brisbane: Australian Test captain Steve Waugh has told national selectors he wants to play in next month's series against the West Indies, a spokesman for the Queensland Cricket Association said on Saturday.Waugh is expected to end months of speculation later on Saturday by announcing his decision after the second day's play in the Pura Cup final between his New South Wales team and Queensland, spokesman Steve Gray said.Speculation about the career of the 37-year-old captain has been rife since he was dropped from the touring, One-day match World Cup side.But Waugh has been in terrific form for his state team since his unforgettable century against England in the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground in early January.He has scored three centuries for his state in the last five weeks. National selectors are due to meet on Sunday to choose the 15-man squad to play against the West Indies in the Caribbean and Waugh is expected to lead Australia and play a record-breaking 157th Test.He will surpass Allan Border's mark of 156 Tests when Australia meets the West Indies in Guyana on April 10.As late as Thursday Waugh played down comments about his retirement and refused to comment on whether he would play in the Caribbean."I haven't really thought too much about it," he said at a press conference. "There's been a lot of speculation and people keep asking me.It's funny in a way because I feel as if I don't have to make a decision because right now I'm still playing cricket."I don't see it as such a big thing.Pressure on Waugh to reveal his hand has been intense with an often-unsympathetic Australian public calling for him to step down ahead of his superb display at the fifth Test."People have got short memories, I'm still not a bad player," Waugh admitted.Copyright AFP 2001

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