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McGrath makes it to ICC Hall of Fame

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 31, 2012

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Glenn McGrath gives the thumbs-up to the crowd after becoming the highest wicket-taker in World Cup history, Australia v Bangladesh, Super Eights, Antigua, March 31, 2007
Glenn McGrath is the 68th male cricketer to make it to the hall of fame © AFP
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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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Posted by 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.

Posted by   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...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by MRushby 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 2:55 GMT)

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

Posted by 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??

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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...................

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by xylo on (December 31, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

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

Posted by   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!

Posted by mikey76 on (December 31, 2012, 17:11 GMT)

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

Posted by   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 :)

Posted by 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.......

Posted by 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.

Posted by Tamimfan on (December 31, 2012, 14:28 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.......

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by ningaraj12 on (December 31, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

Warne then Martyn then Ponting then Hussey

Posted by 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?

Posted by   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!

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