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Glenn McGrath

Full Name: Glenn Donald McGrath
Date of Birth: Feb 09, 1970, Dubbo, New South Wales
Major Team: Australia, Delhi Daredevils, ICC World XI, Middlesex, New South Wales, Worcestershire
Playing Roll: Batsman
Batting Style: Right
Bowling Style: Right-arm fast-medium
Nick Name: Pigeon, Millard
Height: 1.95 m
Education: Narromine Primary; Narromine High School

 Glenn McGrath

    Glenn McGrath is a former Australian cricketer born to Beverly and Kevin McGrath on February 9, 1970 in Dubbo, New South Wales. Nicknamed “Pigeon and Millard” in the cricketing circles, he is a right-arm medium-fast bowler and a right-handed batsman, who possesses exceptional fielding skills.

    Glenn McGrath made his Test debut for Australia against New Zealand in Perth, on November 12, 1993. In 2004, he emerged as the first Australian fast bowler to play in 100 Tests. In the first innings of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Super Series Test match held in 2005, Glenn McGrath surpassed the record of Courtney Walsh to become the greatest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test cricket. He completed his career as the most successful fast-bowler and the third highest wicket taker in Test cricket. In the Frank Worrell series against the West Indies, his scintillating hat-trick dismissed Sherwin Campbell, Brian Lara marking his 300th wicket, followed by the West-Indian captain, Jimmy Adams. Interestingly in an interview prior to the match, he mentioned the names of Sherwin Campbell and Brian Lara as targets for his 299th and 300th wickets respectively. Mike Atherton of England has been dismissed 19 times by Glenn McGrath, becoming the first batsman to be dismissed the most number of times by a single bowler in cricket history. On 23 December, 2006, Glenn McGrath announced his retirement from Test matches. He has played in 124 Test matches taking 563 wickets, his best bowling figures in a match being 10 for 27, at an excellent economy rate of 2.49.

    Glenn McGrath made his One Day International (ODI) debut on December 9, 1993 in Melbourne against South Africa. In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, Glenn McGrath became the leading wicket taker in the World Cup history after picking 26 wickets. His splendid performance in the World Cup campaign won him the Player of the Tournament award. He retired from international cricket following his brilliant display in the successful 2007 Cricket World Cup. He has played in 250 ODIs picking 381 wickets, his career best being 7 for 15, at an economy of 3.88.

    Glenn McGrath made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for Australia against New Zealand on February 17, 2005 in Auckland. He represented the team in two T20I matches during his career, 3 for 31 is his best in a T20I match.

    Glenn McGrath made his First-class debut during the 1992-93 season, when he played for Worcestershire in the 2000 English County Championship and a few matches for Middlesex in 2004. He has played in 189 First-class matches taking 835 wickets and has made 303 List A appearances picking 458 wickets.
    In the inaugural season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2008, Glenn McGrath was selected to be a part of the Delhi Dare Devils team. He was signed for $350,000 by the Delhi Dare Devils team. Glenn McGrath bowled 54 overs picking 12 wickets in the 2008 IPL and won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance against Bangalore Royal Challengers on April 30. Glenn McGrath displayed his best bowling against Bangalore Royal Challengers earning 4 wickets for 29 runs.

    Glenn McGrath has won several laurels, namely the prestigious Allan Border Medal 2000, Test Player of the Year -2000, One-Day International Player of the Year-2001, Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1998, Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year during the season 1999 and 2005-06. He also holds the distinction of being the Member of the Order of Australia, Jan 2008. Glenn McGrath holds the seventh highest tenth wicket partnerships, and two tenth wicket partnerships.

    Apart from cricket, Glenn McGrath has established the McGrath Foundation to fund more breast care nurses in rural Australia and educate woman regarding breast cancer. He has authored the book The Glenn McGrath Barbecue Cookbook: Barbecue with the Master.

International Debut: 1993

Batting and fielding records
    M     Inns     NO     Runs     HS     Ave     BF     SR     100     50     4s     6s     Ct     St     
Test     124     138     51     641     61     7.37     1570     40.83     -     1     51     1     38     -
ODI     250     68     38     115     11     3.83     236     48.73     -     -     7     -     37     -
T20I     2     1     0     5     0     5.00     12     41.67     -     -     -     -     1     -

Bowling records
 M     Inns     Balls     Runs     Wkts     BBI     BBM     Ave     Eco     SR     4W     5W     10W     
Test     124     243     29248     12186     563     8/24     10/27     21.64     2.50     51.95     28     29     3
ODI     250     248     12970     8391     381     7/15     7/15     22.02     3.88     34.04     9     7     -
T20I     2     2     48     79     5     3/31     3/31     15.80     9.88     9.60     -     -     -

Career Statistics

Test Debut: Australia v New Zealand, 12-Nov-1993
ODI Debut: Australia v South Africa, Dec 09, 1993
Twenty20 Debut: Australia v New Zealand, Feb 17, 2005
Personal life

His late wife, Jane Louise (née Steele), was born in the United Kingdom and had worked as a flight attendant before their marriage. Glenn married Jane in 1999 after they met at a Hong Kong nightclub called Joe Bananas in 1995. They had two children, James and Holly. Jane McGrath fought recurrent battles with metastatic breast cancer. On 26 January 2008 (Australia Day) Glenn and Jane McGrath were both made Members of the Order of Australia. Jane McGrath died, aged 42, on 22 June 2008 from complications following cancer surgery. Glenn McGrath later became engaged to Sara Leonardi, an interior designer. They met during the 2009 Indian Premier League. They married at home in Cronulla on 18 November 2010. In April 2011 McGrath put his home on the market for 6 million dollars 

Sporting Achievements

McGrath holds 7 highest tenth wicket partnerships, and two tenth wicket partnerships of 100 plus .

At the time of his retirement he held the record for most runs scored as a number 11 batsman (603)[8]. This record has since been surpassed by Muttiah Muralitharan.

After his dismissal for a duck in the fourth test of the 2006-2007 Ashes series, McGrath claimed the record of having scored more ducks in test cricket than any other Australian cricketer (35 - one more than Shane Warne).

McGrath holds the record for dismissing the most batsmen for ducks in test cricket (104) .

His win-loss record at World Cup tournaments is impressive; he's been in four tournaments (two less than the record) and has won three of those, getting to the final in the other they lost in 1996 to Sri Lanka his last in 2007 world cup Australia won to Sri Lanka

He was named a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January (Australia Day) in 2008 for "service to cricket as a player", and along with his wife for "service to the community through the establishment of the McGrath Foundation."

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