Glenn McGrath

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Glenn McGrath

Glenn Donald McGrath born on 9 February 1970 in Dubbo, New South Wales, nicknamed "Pigeon”, is a former Australian cricket player. He is one of the most highly regarded fast-medium pace bowlers in cricketing history.

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Glenn McGrath
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Australian Cricketer

Glenn McGrath is a former Australian cricket player and a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the early 21st century.

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Australian Cricketer
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Debut

He made his test debut on 12th Nov 1993 against New Zealand and ODI debut on 9th Dec 1993 against South Africa.

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Debut
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Glenn McGrath Bowling

He was a right arm fast bowler. McGrath's bowling was not of express pace. Rather, he relied on unerring accuracy and subtle seam movement. McGrath's consistency enabled him to be one of the most economical and dangerous fast bowlers of his time

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Glenn McGrath Bowling
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Glenn as a fielder

McGrath was a competent outfielder. In 2002 he took an exceptional outfield catch at the Adelaide Oval against England, dismissing Michael Vaughan, running many metres before leaping into the air and catching the ball with arms outstretched and his body horizontal. Steve Waugh described it as miracle and one of the great catches in the history.

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Glenn as a fielder
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Greatest Wicket Taker Among Fast Bowlers

In the first innings of the ICC Super SeriesTest match in 2005, McGrath passed Courtney Walsh to become the greatest wicket-taker among fast bowlers in Test history.

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Greatest Wicket Taker Among Fast Bowlers
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Glenn McGrath Ashes 2005

During the 1st Test at Lords in the 2005 Ashes series Glenn McGrath became the fourth bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets with the dismissal of Marcus Trescothick. Australia lost to England in the 2 matches Glenn did not play due to injury.

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Glenn McGrath Ashes 2005
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Glenn McGrath Sledging

He deliberately (and publicly) targeted the opposition's best batsmen prior to a series in an attempt to distract them, a ploy which regularly worked. He was also involved in a heated argument with Ramnaresh Sarwan of West Indies.

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Glenn McGrath Sledging
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Retirement

His last test was the Fifth Ashes Test against England in Sydney in January 2007,where he took a wicket with the last ball of his test career. He has also retired from all forms of international cricket following the successful 2007 Cricket World Cup where he became the leading wicket taker in the history of the World Cup, while also being the top wicket taker with 26 and being named player of the tournament.

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Retirement
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Glenn Achievements

In 2004, he became the first Australian fast bowler to play 100 Tests. McGrath holds seven highest tenth wicket partnerships, and two tenth wicket partnerships of 100 plus. McGrath holds the record for dismissing the most batsmen for ducks in test cricket (104).

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Glenn Achievements
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Indian Premier League

McGrath was signed by the Delhi DareDevils for the first season of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket competition in 2008, for a sum of US$350,000 (INR 1.4 crore). His team shirt bore the name "Pidge", short form for his nickname "Pigeon".

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Indian Premier League
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Personal Life

Glenn Married Jane Louise and had two children, James and Holly. Jane McGrath at the age of 42 died fighting breast cancer. Glenn McGrath later became engaged to Sara Leonardi, an interior designer.

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Personal Life
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McGrath Foundation

In 2002 Glenn and Jane founded the McGrath Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to raising money to fund more Breast Care Nurses in rural and regional Australia. In 2008 Glenn accepted the voluntary role of Chairman of the Board of the McGrath Foundation, and participates in many activities in support of the Foundation to ensure the fulfilment of Jane's vision.

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McGrath Foundation
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