McGrath retirement under wraps

by admin on September 30th, 2019

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McGrath is widely expected to announce some time over the coming days that the fifth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground next month will be his 124th and last.


His manager Warren Craig did not return calls today. Cricket

Australia officials said they could not comment and inquiries to

Cricket NSW met a similar response.

Any statement from McGrath will be timed to avoid intruding on Warne’s announcement.

McGrath has increasing responsibilities at home. In recent years he has three times put his cricket career on hold to care for his English-born wife Jane, who has had complications from breast cancer. They have two children, James and Holly, and McGrath has made it clear that his family is the No.1 priority.

There is speculation that McGrath may try to hang on as a one-day player until the World Cup in the Caribbean next April, at which Australia will be bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive trophy.

But there are doubts that the fast bowler, who turns 37 in February, would be able to keep his place in the side, given the all-round demands of one-day cricket.

McGrath has looked slow in the field this summer, and suffered the ignominy of being pulled from long-off after dropping a catch off England’s top batsman Kevin Pietersen in Perth. NSW team mate

Michael Clarke, 11 years his junior, was sent to the position instead.

McGrath has not let captain Ricky Ponting down with the ball, despite being out of cricket for 10 months leading into the series.

He is the third highest wicket-taker on either side over the three Ashes Tests, with 13 wickets at 25.69. Only Stuart Clark (16) and Warne (14) have more.

McGrath has taken 555 Test wickets, more than any other fast bowler in history, and is third on the all-time bowling list behind Warne (699) and Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (675).

Against England he has 149 wickets at the miserly average of

20.92, including the scalp of former England opener and captain

Mike Atherton 19 times.

The only two Tests Australia lost in England last year were the ones McGrath did not play.

Of the 28 Ashes Tests he has played, Australia has won 21, drawn four and lost three.

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