ICC news December 31, 2012

McGrath makes it to ICC Hall of Fame

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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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  • Wefinishthis on January 1, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    He had a perfect career. Almost from the moment he joined the Australian team, his team displaced the great WI's as no.1 and never lost it until after he retired. The 2005 ashes losses only came in matches that he was absent. He achieved everything, no.1 ranking in all forms of cricket his entire career, 3 ODI world cups (undefeated from 2000-2010). Best hat-trick ever. Wickets on every surface against all opposition. Unquestionbly amongst the greatest fast bowlers of all time and if you consider that he's taken more wickets than any other fast bowler in history at an outstanding average (only slightly bettered by few other greats such as Ambrose and Marshall) and a brilliant economy and very good strike rate, it's just no surprise to see him amongst the greats. I'd argue even further though, that unlike the other bowlers in his class such as Marshall, he had an outstanding ratio of top order batsmen to lower order batsmen. For this reason I argue that he's the best ever.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on December 31, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Glenn Mcgrath the champions of champions.Hall of Fame is defined by the players of his immense calibre.arguablely the best new ball bowler ever.if akram was versatile mcgrath's great skill was to bowl consistently just short of good length to keep embarassing even the best of batsman by making them commit mistakes with uncomfortable footwork.If a coin was put on pitch he would have been spot on 10 out of ten times.The true pillar for the australians dominance.if he was bowling today england and south africa can just rule out winning a test match forget the series.For me the ball of millennium was inn 99 world cup when he got Brian Lara .lara did nothing wrong with his defence but his stumps were shackled.That was awsome.His biggest talent was to always get rid of the oppositions best batsman quickly to make the life easier for other bowlers.There is no denying fact that australians are struggling since the traditional art of fast bowling has died with him.

  • madaboutcricketabhijit on December 31, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    If anyone deserves to be in the ICC Hall of Fame, then it has to be Pigeon. The Aussie legend with his exceptional and immaculate line and length troubled the best in the world. Who says you need pace to be a great fast bowler, Gleen McGrath is an ideal example of how can one be equally terrorizing with gentle pace. Hats off to you Sir...Congrats for the honour.

  • RohanMarkJay 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.

  • 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...

  • liaqathussain 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_Khan1 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.

  • 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.

  • VivtheGreatest 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.

  • 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.

  • Wefinishthis on January 1, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    He had a perfect career. Almost from the moment he joined the Australian team, his team displaced the great WI's as no.1 and never lost it until after he retired. The 2005 ashes losses only came in matches that he was absent. He achieved everything, no.1 ranking in all forms of cricket his entire career, 3 ODI world cups (undefeated from 2000-2010). Best hat-trick ever. Wickets on every surface against all opposition. Unquestionbly amongst the greatest fast bowlers of all time and if you consider that he's taken more wickets than any other fast bowler in history at an outstanding average (only slightly bettered by few other greats such as Ambrose and Marshall) and a brilliant economy and very good strike rate, it's just no surprise to see him amongst the greats. I'd argue even further though, that unlike the other bowlers in his class such as Marshall, he had an outstanding ratio of top order batsmen to lower order batsmen. For this reason I argue that he's the best ever.

  • WAKE_UP_CALL on December 31, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    Glenn Mcgrath the champions of champions.Hall of Fame is defined by the players of his immense calibre.arguablely the best new ball bowler ever.if akram was versatile mcgrath's great skill was to bowl consistently just short of good length to keep embarassing even the best of batsman by making them commit mistakes with uncomfortable footwork.If a coin was put on pitch he would have been spot on 10 out of ten times.The true pillar for the australians dominance.if he was bowling today england and south africa can just rule out winning a test match forget the series.For me the ball of millennium was inn 99 world cup when he got Brian Lara .lara did nothing wrong with his defence but his stumps were shackled.That was awsome.His biggest talent was to always get rid of the oppositions best batsman quickly to make the life easier for other bowlers.There is no denying fact that australians are struggling since the traditional art of fast bowling has died with him.

  • madaboutcricketabhijit on December 31, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    If anyone deserves to be in the ICC Hall of Fame, then it has to be Pigeon. The Aussie legend with his exceptional and immaculate line and length troubled the best in the world. Who says you need pace to be a great fast bowler, Gleen McGrath is an ideal example of how can one be equally terrorizing with gentle pace. Hats off to you Sir...Congrats for the honour.

  • RohanMarkJay 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.

  • 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...

  • liaqathussain 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_Khan1 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.

  • 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.

  • VivtheGreatest 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MarkRushby 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.

  • on January 1, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Glenn "Pigeon" McGrath shall be forever remembered as one of the game's greats. In a career which coincided with the proliferation of speed guns and the veneration of outright pace it was McGrath's unerring accuracy and patience that provided the sternest test. Few bowlers have been more dangerous with the new ball in their hand, few batsman emerged unscathed from his technical cross examination.

  • on January 1, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Good to see a pigeon leave his mark on the ICC Hall of fame. Well done Glen!

  • SLkrishan on January 1, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Congratsto McGrath, but ICC's Hall of Fame is a joke..Where's Mutthiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne? The 2 greatest spinners ever??

  • on January 1, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Glen McGrath, the epitome a a modern day fast bowler - a well deserved honour. Well done. However it is somewhat surprising that no Sri Lankan has been awarded this highest honour - there are several names worthy of mention: Aravinda De Siliva, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sanath Jayasuriya. I hope the members of this august body see fit address this omission in 2013.

  • on December 31, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Congrats Glenn McGrath what a great fast bowler. The greatest modern day quick that play the game cricket. Any captain will love to have him. He is great asset to have on your team. McGrath is a match winner captain need a wicket Glenn gets for captain.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    A great bowler, Respect! He and shaun pollock was my favorite bowler until steyn came, if anyone can cross his number of wicket it will be steyn. Mcgrath certainly deservers this award, he is a true legend, one of the greatest of all time.

  • on December 31, 2012, 20:19 GMT

    Pigeon thoroughly deserves this reward, An amazing fast bowler,if not the best Australian bowler in history....................................... I have a feeling that Murali would get the final spot for 2012-2013...................

  • Ragav999 on December 31, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Legendary bowler, no batsman was able to dominate this guy more than once in their lifetimes. Impeccable control,everlasting patience, most dependable bowler, fantastic statistics in Tests and ODI's. He is the once in a generation bowler. He should be revered more than Shane Warne across the world. He made Warne's life a lot easier by picking out the top order and the best batsman of the opposing team more often than not.

  • Cricket_archive on December 31, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    Mc Grath is truly deserved to be inducted in the hall of fame.A true legend bowler who was so accurate and dangerous with limited pace and a Genuine swing bowler.

  • xylo on December 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    McGrath being in the hall of fame is more of an obvious choice.

  • on December 31, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    @madaboutcricketabhijit, while most of your comment is spot on, most people seem to forget that McGrath was actually fairly quick, he bowled regularly in the high 130's & low 140's, so if that's slow, then shoot me now!

  • mikey76 on December 31, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    The greatest bowler of his generation. Perhaps the greatest Australian quick ever.

  • on December 31, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    The Pigeon finally finds his rightful place in the ICC Hall of Fame..One more place is left..Perhaps his good friend and teammate Gilchrist can fill it :)

  • UN_Jonty on December 31, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Where is murali .Greatest spinner in the history of Cricket... 800 test wickets is not a joke.......

  • Ash_Striker on December 31, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    where is murali? although he is the highest wicket taker & the best spinner ever born he is not in the icc hall of fame. why ICC treat different countries in different ways? he should be definitely inducted into the ICC hall of fame.

  • Tamimfan on December 31, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    he is the one who showed just express pace doesnt make you a great bowler. legend.

  • on December 31, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Bowler with amazing control over the ball,accurate line & length with a bit of outswing fatal on any pich for any batsman on any condition......gr8 ambassador to cricket.....never seen any cricketer retiring on such a high.from ODI's by capturing man of the tournament award of world cup 2007 in hand....& from tests by whitewashing England by 5-0 in ashes.....really-really gr8..Always deserves to be in that prestigeous list.......

  • Zahidsaltin on December 31, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    Hall of fame?? without Warne, Waqar Younis and Muralitharan it is only the back side of it. I even don't know if the great Saqlain Mushtaq is included.

  • warnerbasher on December 31, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Complete legend. Joins Lillee, Marshall, Hadlee and Wasim Akram as the 5 greatest fast men I have seen in 33 years of watching test cricket. Well done Pigeon. See you at the cricket Friday

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    What took so long? He's an absolute shoe in! I bet the list is full of pace-obsessed rubbish bowlers with no consistency and sky-high averages, and of course dominated by batsmen...

  • ygkd on December 31, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    McGrath in Hall of Fame? About time, but obviously, as a paceman, he'll need to be rotated - in one week, out the next...

  • VivtheGreatest on December 31, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Deserved honour for one of the best in the business. @David Crimson Wingaling, I thought this is the ICC Hall of Fame not Cricket Australia's. Warne and Ponting yeah, but the other two -no way.

  • ningaraj12 on December 31, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    McGrath deserved this one..... what a bowler,, next sachin pointing warne murali...........

  • Mitcher on December 31, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @thisisashish: Do relax a little. No doubt in the world those players will be there one day if not already. Lets just recognise McGrath is more than worthy before turning it into a 'my favourite should be there' debate. On ya Pigeon! What a record in an age when pitches got flatter and batting avgs went up. And all at 135km/h! Legend.

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on December 31, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Yeah, he was good but I preferred watching Akram, Younis, Donald, Steyn, Lee, Marshall, Ambrose and even Malinga to McGrath. These other names were a lot more attacking and McGrath's passive and defensive style of bowling didn't work as well for me.

    I much preferred watching bowlers who got 50% of their dismissals bowled or LBW to McGrath's 50% caught by the 'keeper/ slips.

    Still, McGrath was unquestionably effective.

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    great man,............with great skills and control over ball.......one of finest bowlers of all time

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Warne then Martyn then Ponting then Hussey

  • thisisashish on December 31, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    What is the criteria for this? Share Warne is not in the list. Nor is Sachin Tendulkar or Muttiah Muralitharan?

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Indeed Glenn Mcgrath deserve to listed with those inducted in the ICC Hall of Famer my all time best fast bowler and truly a legend of my era!

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Indeed Glenn Mcgrath deserve to listed with those inducted in the ICC Hall of Famer my all time best fast bowler and truly a legend of my era!

  • thisisashish on December 31, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    What is the criteria for this? Share Warne is not in the list. Nor is Sachin Tendulkar or Muttiah Muralitharan?

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:26 GMT

    Warne then Martyn then Ponting then Hussey

  • on December 31, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    great man,............with great skills and control over ball.......one of finest bowlers of all time

  • Un_Citoyen_Indien on December 31, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Yeah, he was good but I preferred watching Akram, Younis, Donald, Steyn, Lee, Marshall, Ambrose and even Malinga to McGrath. These other names were a lot more attacking and McGrath's passive and defensive style of bowling didn't work as well for me.

    I much preferred watching bowlers who got 50% of their dismissals bowled or LBW to McGrath's 50% caught by the 'keeper/ slips.

    Still, McGrath was unquestionably effective.

  • Mitcher on December 31, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    @thisisashish: Do relax a little. No doubt in the world those players will be there one day if not already. Lets just recognise McGrath is more than worthy before turning it into a 'my favourite should be there' debate. On ya Pigeon! What a record in an age when pitches got flatter and batting avgs went up. And all at 135km/h! Legend.

  • ningaraj12 on December 31, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    McGrath deserved this one..... what a bowler,, next sachin pointing warne murali...........

  • VivtheGreatest on December 31, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Deserved honour for one of the best in the business. @David Crimson Wingaling, I thought this is the ICC Hall of Fame not Cricket Australia's. Warne and Ponting yeah, but the other two -no way.

  • ygkd on December 31, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    McGrath in Hall of Fame? About time, but obviously, as a paceman, he'll need to be rotated - in one week, out the next...

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 31, 2012, 12:26 GMT

    What took so long? He's an absolute shoe in! I bet the list is full of pace-obsessed rubbish bowlers with no consistency and sky-high averages, and of course dominated by batsmen...