VB Series, 2005-06 February 5, 2006

McGrath to miss VB Series finals

Cricinfo staff

Glenn McGrath will miss the VB Series finals beginning on Friday © Getty Images
Glenn McGrath will not play in the VB Series finals, choosing instead to spend time with his family after his wife Jane had a relapse of cancer. He has made no announcement regarding his availability for Australia's tour of South Africa later this month.

Cricket Australia backed McGrath's decision. "Glenn has decided that he needs to be with his family in the immediate future and we completely support that decision," Trevor Hohns, the chairman of selectors, said. "Our thoughts are with Glenn and Jane at what is a very difficult time."

McGrath hasn't played Australia's past two matches following his wife's diagnosis and she will undergo radiotherapy this week. "Let me make this perfectly clear - my priority is helping my wife Jane and two children, Holly and James, through this tough time," McGrath wrote in his newspaper column today.