Fast bowler wants World Cup farewell December 22, 2006

Now it's McGrath's turn

Cricinfo staff

Parting prize?: Glenn McGrath faces a home Test farewell at the SCG © Getty Images

Glenn McGrath is expected to tell Cricket Australia today that the Sydney Test will be his last. However, he still hopes to be part of the World Cup defence in the West Indies next year, where he will aim for a third consecutive trophy.

The Courier Mail reported McGrath has spoken to his wife Jane, who has cancer, about the Caribbean tour and he would have released the Test news earlier this week if Shane Warne had not decided to step aside. "I am not sure what's happening after Sydney but I want to go to the World Cup," he said in the paper. If McGrath does resign Australia will lose half of its bowling attack and more than 1200 Test wickets in a couple of days.

Jason Gillespie, who was McGrath's long-term opening partner, said McGrath could look forward to a life in coaching when his playing days stop. "He's got so much knowledge to pass on that he'd make a great coach," Gillespie said in the Sydney Morning Herald. "He's really switched on, he knows a lot about the game. I always said the guys who would make great coaches are Glenn and Andy Bichel."

Gillespie said McGrath's strength was his ability to keep things simple. "He is also a good communicator," Gillespie said. "I think Glenn will have some sort of involvement in the game, if not as a full-time coach, then as a bowling mentor."