Matches (22)
PSL 2024 (2)
IND v ENG (1)
CWC Play-off (6)
WI 4-Day (4)
Ranji Trophy (4)
NZ v AUS (1)
WCL 2 (1)
BPL 2024 (2)
WPL (1)

Full Name

Martin John McCague


May 24, 1969, Larne, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland


54y 274d

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Fast

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.
Rob Smyth

Martin McCague Career Stats

Batting & Fielding

List A166100338005611.94--01--320


List A166-697157562115/265/2627.274.9533.0830
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Recent Matches of Martin McCague

PCA XI vs Wolves6--17-Sep-2005LeicesterT20
PCA XI vs Chilaw CC----15-Sep-2005LeicesterT20
Hrford vs WORCS0*2/5805-May-2004WorcesterList A
Hrford vs Oxfordshire18*1/3231-Aug-2003BanburyList A
Hrford vs Cornwall14 & 24/128 & 1/3017-Aug-2003KingslandOTHER

Photos of Martin McCague

Martin McCague with his two year old son Monte
Martin McCague portrait
The Kent capped players at 2001
Peter Martin celebrates trapping McCague LBW
Joe Scuderi is bowled out by Martin McCague
Martin McCague celebrates trapping Hegg LBW