Winning the Cricket World Cup in 1987 was the highlight of Allan Border’s career. In 1989, he regained the Ashes for Australia. His importance to the game is evident as currently the Allan Border Medal is given to the Australian Player of the Year.
When Border retired from cricket, he had one of the most durable careers. He had taken more catches than any other player, he had played more Tests as captain, more consecutive Tests and overall more Tests than any other player at that moment.
Allan Border was not a natural leader or a man of frills. In 1984-85, when Kim Hughes resigned from captaincy, Border was chosen to lead the Australian team. He adhered to this ask as proudly as he stuck to his batting.
After retiring from cricket, he was a member of Queensland when the team won the maiden Sheffield Shield. Border was named 12th man in Australia’s Team of the Century. Further, he coached Australia A and in 1998 became an Australian selector.
Allan Border took the opportunity of representing Australia in 273 ODIs in which he accumulated 6524 runs at a batting average of 30.62 and batting strike rate of 71.42. His highest score was 127 not out. He hit 43 sixes, 500 fours, 39 fifties and 3 hundreds and took 127 catches. In the 2661 balls he bowled, he scored 2071 runs and claimed 73 wickets. His economy rate was 4.66 and bowling average was 28.36.