Allan Border AO is one of Australia's most respected former cricketers. A top-order batsman, Border was the Australian captain from 1984 to 1994, overseeing the development of the Australian team from the tumultuous birth of World Series Cricket to becoming the world's most dominant team in the 1990s. He played 156 Test matches in his career, a record until it was passed by Steve Waugh. Border still holds the world record for the number of consecutive Test appearances. His world record 11,174 Test runs, including 27 centuries, was only passed by the brilliant Brian Lara in 2005. The Allan Border medal, named in his honour, is awarded annually to the most outstanding cricketer of the preceding season, and he was one of the 55 inaugural inductees of the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.