Full name Martin John McCague
Born May 24, 1969, Larne, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland
Current age 45 years 337 days
Major teams England, Herefordshire, Kent, Western Australia
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||England v Australia at Nottingham, Jul 1-6, 1993 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 25-29, 1994 scorecard|
|First-class span||1990/91 - 2001|
|List A debut||1991|
|Last List A||Worcestershire v Herefordshire at Worcester, May 5-6, 2004 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Chilaw Marians Cricket Club v PCA Masters XI at Leicester, Sep 15, 2005 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Faisalabad Wolves v PCA Masters XI at Leicester, Sep 17, 2005 scorecard|
The rat who joined a sinking ship. That's what the Australian newspapers called Martin McCague - who was born in Ulster and raised in Australia - when he made his debut for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1993. McCague became a bit of a watchword for incompetence, especially after his nervy horror-show at Brisbane in 1994-95, but it's easy to forget just how well he bowled on his debut. He roughed up the Australian batsman - dismissing Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and David Boon, as well as taking a blinding catch to derail a rampant Mark Waugh - and changed the mood of the match, setting the tone for Graham Thorpe's debut century in the second innings. In Wisden Cricket Monthly, David Frith wrote that, "So fired was up was he that his first overs must have ranked with the briskest of Tibby Cotter and Keith Miller at this historic venue." In the same magazine, Bob Willis mused that "We will hear more of Mr McCague before this series is out." Sadly, we didn't: suffering from injury, he was spanked all round Headingley, and his next, and last, Test was that Brisbane shocker 18 months later, although he continued to terrorise county batsmen with Kent. And according to Steve Marsh's autobiography, McCague consumed 72 pints of Guinness during his stag weekend in Dublin. David Boon, eat your heart out.
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