Following on the heels of teammate Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath announced on Saturday he was retiring from cricket after the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
Factbox on McGrath:
Born: 9 February 1970, Dubbo
Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Teams: New South Wales, Australia
Debut: v New Zealand, Perth, 1993
Runs: 641, average 7.45, high score 61
555 wickets, average 21.65, best bowling 8-24
One-day internationals: 230
342 wickets, average 22.38, best bowling 7-15
- The most prolific fast bowler in Test cricket history and the spearhead of Australia's bowling attack for over a decade.
- Third on the all-time list of wicket-takers behind spinners Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan.
- Not the quickest fast bowler of all time, but specialises in unerring accuracy around off stump and good bounce and has achieved virtually every honour in the game.
- Took 8-38 in the second Test at Lord's on his first Ashes tour in England in 1997.
- Was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998 and was a member of the Australian team that won the 1999 World Cup.
- Won the Allan Border Medal as Australia's best player for 2000 and took a test hat-trick against West Indies in Perth later that year.
- Won a second World Cup in 2003, taking career-best one-day figures 7-15 in a pool match against Namibia.
- Injured his ankle in 2004 but returned with a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka at Darwin that year.
- Three months later, at Nagpur, he became the first fast bowler to play 100 matches for Australia.
- Made a career-best 61 with the bat v New Zealand at Brisbane in 2004.
- Later that year he took 8-24 v Pakistan in Perth, the second-best figures by an Australian in Test cricket.
- Became only the fourth bowler to captured 500 test wickets when he dismissed Marcus Trescothick in the first Ashes Test at Lord's in 2005.
- Was named man of the match after steering Australia to victory but stepped on a ball on the morning of the second Test and missed the match. Australia went on to lose the series 2-1 and the Ashes for the first time in 16 years.
- Took an eight-month break from international cricket in 2006 to care for his wife Jane after she was diagnosed with cancer for the third time.
- Returned to one-day cricket in October, helping Australia win the Champions Trophy for the first time a month later.
- Returned to Test cricket for the first Ashes match in Brisbane in November 2006, taking 6-50, to register his 29th five-wicket haul in tests.
- Helped Australia regain the Ashes after they won the second and third Tests to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.
- Announced he would retire from test cricket after the Ashes series but would continue playing one-day internationals through to the World Cup, to be held in the West Indies in March and April.