ICC news December 31, 2012

McGrath makes it to ICC Hall of Fame

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glenn McGrath, the former Australia fast bowler, will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on January 4, during the New Year's Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Sydney.

McGrath is the 68th male cricketer to make it to the hall of fame, with Brian Lara, who was inducted in September 2012, being the last before him. Enid Bakewell, the former England Women's allrounder, was also inducted this year. The ICC will announce a final inductee for 2012-13 next summer.

"I am honoured that the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame voting academy, which includes all the current living Hall of Famers, have nominated and voted me to be inducted," McGrath said. "I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on January 4 at the SCG, which is of course is like a second home to me."

Glenn McGrath played 124 Tests, claiming 563 wickets at 21.64. That puts him second on Australia's list of wicket-takers, behind Shane Warne, and fourth on the overall list - he has the biggest tally among all fast bowlers though. He also took 380 ODI wickets (plus one for the ICC World XI) in 249 games, the joint-highest for Australia alongside Brett Lee. He was part of Australia's World Cup-winning teams in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

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  • Mark on January 1, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Absolutely fully deserved a wonderful bowler. While he had tough aggressive persona on the field. I must admit back in the 1990s I enjoyed any batsman on the rare occasion who took him apart. Such as Lara, Tendulkar, Hussain, Atherton or Alec Stewart. But Mcgrath always had the last laugh. I remember Rumesh Kaluwitharana taking him on in Melbourne back in the mid 1990s. He was a top bloke with cricket fans, he always had time for signing autographs and chatting about cricket with fans from all countries. From what I heard he was a nice chap. Congrats Glen McGrath.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    he purely deserved it....sir glen mcgrath the masterpiece..one of the greatest and the most accurate bolwer of all time..what a career and was even more best against lara and sachin...

  • liaqat on January 1, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    he was special.. batsmen cried while n when he bowled to them.. he got to their minds and bored them with his accuracy ,,,

    special players special

  • Asad on January 1, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    @VivTheGreatest Wasim Akram is already present in ICC Hall of Fame. Shane Warne is not present yet but he also deserves it.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Now, this is an occasion even Pigeon can't moan about. Rudi Koertzen once described McGrath as the biggest moaner he's ever seen. Congratulations are in order, sir!! Well done Pigeon.

  • VINODK on January 1, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Wasim Akram and Shane Warne were the two most naturally gifted bowlers of the last 25 years. They could literally make the ball talk on any surface. Hope both of them are rightfully inducted into the Hall of Fame soon.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Truly one of the greats of the game. I'll remember him for his deadly accuracy in bowling to the opposition's best batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on January 1, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Truly deserves this honour!A Great fast bowler had the perfact carrer and i fallow him as a fast bowler but I still believe that WASIM AKREM was a much batter fast bowler and crickter than Magrath!Magrath was nowhere near WASIM skill wise plus WASIM could take wickets on dead tracks Magrath got smashed by the likes of Laxman,Dravid and TENDULKER on dead wickets.

  • Mark on January 1, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Congratulations Glenn McGrath on this well-deserved accolade. I always admired the line and length of Pigeon's deliveries. He was like the Duracell bunny. Wind him up and he just kept going and going.