McGrath ends career on a highZac Gelman |
One of the greatest bowlers to have ever graced a cricket field – Glenn McGrath, bowed out of international cricket yesterday win a World Cup win.
Australia’s 53 run win over Sri Lanka in the 2007 World Cup final, ensured that the legendary fast bowler ended his career on an extraordinary high. To top it off, he was named Man of the Tournament after taking a record 26 wickets at an average of under 14, during the highly successful campaign.
“I’m pretty happy with the way things have finished up here and in my career,” he said after the game.
“Knowing my retirement was just around corner, I really think that helped me to enjoy it a lot more.
“It’s been a long career and I’ve loved every minute of it, but I’ll miss playing out on field and all the celebrations, as well as the amazing supporters and everyone who’s come to the grounds and back in Australia.
“But now, I’m really looking forward to going back home and spending time with the family.”
McGrath, 37 played his last Test match during the Australian summer where he was part of the side that successfully regained the Ashes 5-0. Over his 13 year career, he played in 124 tests for a mighty 563 wickets at an average of 21.64. In the shorter form of the game, he played exactly 250 matches taking 381 wickets at an average of 22.02. He also the leaves the game with the record World Cup wickets, with 71.