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Martin McCague
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Martin McCague

England
Martin McCague

INTL CAREER: 1993 - 1994

Full Name

Martin John McCague

Born

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

Age

52y 25d

Batting Style

Right hand bat

Bowling Style

Right arm fast

TEAMS

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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test35021114.207030.00003010
FC1351864523247216.4806750
List A166100338005611.9401320
T20210666.004150.00000100
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test3459339064/1214/17965.003.9498.80100
FC13522924123924569/8627.173.2450.20252
List A166697157562115/265/2627.274.9533.00830
T202------------
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Photos


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