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McGrath: How the story unfolded
December 23, 2006
Following on the heels of teammate Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath announced on Saturday he was retiring from cricket after the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
Factbox on McGrath:
Born: 9 February 1970, Dubbo
Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Teams: New South Wales, Australia
Debut: v New Zealand, Perth, 1993
Runs: 641, average 7.45, high score 61
555 wickets, average 21.65, best bowling 8-24
One-day internationals: 230
342 wickets, average 22.38, best bowling 7-15
- The most prolific fast bowler in Test cricket history and the spearhead of Australia's bowling attack for over a decade.
- Third on the all-time list of wicket-takers behind spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
- Not the quickest fast bowler of all time, but specialises in unerring accuracy around off stump and good bounce and has achieved virtually every honour in the game.
- Took 8-38 in the second Test at Lord's on his first Ashes tour in England in 1997.
- Was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998 and was a member of the Australian team that won the 1999 World Cup.
- Won the Allan Border Medal as Australia's best player for 2000 and took a test hat-trick against West Indies in Perth later that year.
- Won a second World Cup in 2003, taking career-best one-day figures 7-15 in a pool match against Namibia.
- Injured his ankle in 2004 but returned with a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka at Darwin that year.
- Three months later, at Nagpur, he became the first fast bowler to play 100 matches for Australia.
- Made a career-best 61 with the bat v New Zealand at Brisbane in 2004.
- Later that year he took 8-24 v Pakistan in Perth, the second-best figures by an Australian in Test cricket.
- Became only the fourth bowler to captured 500 test wickets when he dismissed Marcus Trescothick in the first Ashes Test at Lord's in 2005.
- Was named man of the match after steering Australia to victory but stepped on a ball on the morning of the second Test and missed the match. Australia went on to lose the series 2-1 and the Ashes for the first time in 16 years.
- Took an eight-month break from international cricket in 2006 to care for his wife Jane after she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.
- Returned to one-day cricket in October, helping Australia win the Champions Trophy for the first time a month later.
- Returned to Test cricket for the first Ashes match in Brisbane in November 2006, taking 6-50, to register his 29th five-wicket haul in tests.
- Helped Australia regain the Ashes after they won the second and third Tests to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
- Announced he would retire from test cricket after the Ashes series but would continue playing one-day internationals through to the World Cup, to be held in the West Indies in March and April.