Bowling job open for retired fast man June 24, 2007

Mott wants McGrath in NSW coaching role

Cricinfo staff

We may not have seen or heard the last of the great one © Getty Images

Glenn McGrath, the recently-retired fast bowling legend, has been targeted by his old state side New South Wales to return as a specialist bowling coach. McGrath, who walked away from all forms of the game after helping Australia win the World Cup, is wanted by Matthew Mott, the new head coach, to mentor New South Wales' younger pacemen.

"We are trying to identify someone to coach the fast bowlers," Mott told The Sun-Herald. "Last season Brad McNamara would help whenever we needed it and Glenn McGrath is someone who is definitely on our radar. We'll cast a wide net to find the person. Whether it'll be a full-time position or a consultant who comes in from time to time is still to be decided."

McGrath, who finished with 563 Test wickets and 381 in the one-day arena, has plenty of work options as a motivational speaker to consider in retirement. During the World Cup he said he would like a complete break from the game for six months.

Nathan Bracken, the former national and state team-mate of McGrath, was sure he would be perfect for the role. "Glenn made a difficult job look very easy," he said. "The fact he knows how to express himself and can explain things thoroughly means he'd be able to pass on some great tips."

New South Wales have a solid and experienced first-choice pace attack in Brett Lee, Stuart Clark and Bracken, but Mott is aware of the need to develop the younger bowlers for when the internationals are away. Mott is determined players such as Scott Coyte, Mark Cameron and Aaron Bird fulfil their potential.