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    McGrath could play in 2009 Ashes


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    Next he will come out with plans to say he'll still be in the side when he's 80. Puttering in with the same run up and bowling "faster than ever."
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    Quote Originally Posted by crickhowell
    Next he will come out with plans to say he'll still be in the side when he's 80. Puttering in with the same run up and bowling "faster than ever."
    Think about McGrath is that he doesn't rely on pace, as much as accuracy, so bowling at 40 is not out of the question. Unlikely perhaps, but not beyond the realm of possibility.

    Also, as Goughy mentioned in another thread, he generates a large amount of his pace with his arm rather than other parts of his body, so its likely that he can keep it up for longer without as much wear and tear.

    Goughy can probably explain that better.


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    It's funny that Shane Warne said the same thing....I think they know the Aussie bowling cupboard is bare without them and in 2009 they'll probably still be the best bowlers in Australia and will be needed to make that series a contest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy
    It's funny that Shane Warne said the same thing....I think they know the Aussie bowling cupboard is bare without them and in 2009 they'll probably still be the best bowlers in Australia and will be needed to make that series a contest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James
    Sounds to me like he's trying to gloss over question marks over his fitness for this year's series. Personally I'd be delighted if he's still one of Aus' best three quicks when he's 40.

    Warne's another matter, although quite what shape his shoulder will be in by 2009 is questionable.

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    Mcgrath to retire and come out of retirement for the Ashes in 09...... you heard it here first.
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    McGrath is on the ropes.

    From what I saw, he failed to bowl one 130km+ delivery tonight.

    Far from playing in the 2009 Ashes series, I reckon he'll battle to see out this Ashes series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj
    McGrath is on the ropes.

    From what I saw, he failed to bowl one 130km+ delivery tonight.

    Far from playing in the 2009 Ashes series, I reckon he'll battle to see out this Ashes series.
    But McGrath's main strength is accuracy and bounce, not pace, so I reckon he'll be a key man in this Ashes series, if not 2009. I noticed he was first change today - they did that in the '99 WC and it was a disaster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poker Boy
    But McGrath's main strength is accuracy and bounce, not pace,.
    You still need a certain amount of pace though, for the accuracy and bounce to be threatening.

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    he had a off day today, in malaysia he was looking pretty good.

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    I didnt think so.

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    Tend to agree with HowardJ on this one.

    Although I'm not going to write McGrath off, I did that once before and he made me look like an idiot.

    He was very poor last night, and if he doesn't at least bowl at 130 against England he's going to struggle.
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    Everyone was clocked a bit slower than normal last night though.

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