Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney January 1, 2011

McGrath not interested in official bowling coach role


Australia are looking for a new bowling coach with Troy Cooley leaving to head their Centre of Excellence, but Glenn McGrath won't be applying. While his former team-mate Justin Langer quickly traded life in the middle for a role as the team's batting coach, McGrath is comfortable as an occasional adviser to the attack.

McGrath, who took 563 wickets in 124 Tests, will be omnipresent at the SCG over the next week and will seek out the fast men to pass on some tips. "I'm always happy to give advice where I can," he said at the SCG. "I'll chat to the boys a fair bit during this Test match and see what I can do." But he is not interested in an official role.

Four years ago McGrath retired after the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, but the scenery has changed dramatically since then. "To play the Ashes here and lose is pretty disappointing but you know what? It amazes me how, when Australia was so dominant, everyone was saying it was bad for world cricket. All of a sudden, the boys have lost a few games and everyone is calling for their heads."

He maintains faith in the leadership of Ricky Ponting and is confident the team will again climb towards the Test peak. "I've got total faith the boys will bounce back and get back to the top of the tree," he said.

The main purpose of McGrath's week is to raise money for the McGrath Foundation, which supports breast cancer sufferers, and the organisation's major event of the year is the "Pink Test". England want to finish the series with a 3-1 result while Australia are desperately hoping to fight back to secure a draw.

McGrath was the master of the 5-0 pre-series prediction but he has had to revise his tip. "It'll be 2-all," he said, unprompted.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Tom on January 2, 2011, 23:15 GMT

    If it's a 5 match series McGrath predicts 5-0 to the Aussies, it's as reliable as death and taxes. The last time before this series that he predicted 5-0 to the Aussies was 2009, and that wasn't particularly accurate either, was it?

  • Dummy4 on January 2, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    we are gonna beharder up once the bowling coach leaves... how about getting an outsider for bowling coach.... outsiders have worked for englands setup.

  • Adrian on January 2, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I don't know if McGrath would make a good coach. How he handles himself suggests that he wouldn't be all that good. We'd do better with someone like Craig McDermott, someone with aggression, fire and energy.

  • Peter on January 1, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    tjsimonsen: - Ah, but Spofforth & Barnes weren't fast-medium ...

  • Philip on January 1, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    Professional bowlers should not need McGrath to tell them how to put it on a spot. Practice does that. They should also not need him to tell them where the spot might be for any particular player at any particular time. Experience, startegy and brains should tell them that, at least some of the time. Sure, under pressure, it might go missing, but if its drilled in early it sticks longer. Is that not what McGrath himself did in his teens?

  • thomas on January 1, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    @ashes61 and land47: and all of them behind Spoffoth, Lohmann and not least SF Barnes.

  • mayank on January 1, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    Sir_Freddie_Flintoff-- man u are one hell of a funny man!!! aussies wont win ashes in next 50 years only if england and ausies decide not to playe one in next 50 years....cometh ashes 2013 and poms would be crying like they did after 5-0 bashing at scg in 2007 thanx btw...u gave me some light moments in this hell busy life... last time glenn predicted 5-0 and u know who was on the receiving end!! u very well know that....poms...!!!

  • mayank on January 1, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    who'd b missing the pigeon more than the current aussie pace attack...which almost seems listless.....wish pidge could save aussies the blushes.... i think its time for tait to reconsider his retirement from the test arena.....and its time to rope in young blood with hazlewood and pattinson and Mitchell leading them..(if only he can overcome his erratic ways..) btw..what a legend and gem mcgrath was.....miss his discipline(bowling)...immaculate lines and that nagging sledge here and there very needs legends like him.. but i doubt if there would be any after him in world cricket!! PS....poms...get ready for a complete bashing at SCG....aussies will rise...!!

  • Marc on January 1, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    From an English point of view I was so glad McGrath retired when he did. Great bowler, and the scourge of the English top order. Just a shame one of his 5-0 predictions actually came true.

  • thor on January 1, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    mcgrath likes to make outlandish predictions about england. coaching would befuddle him.

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