Glenn McGrath Biography
Glenn McGrath is not the archetypal fast bowler. He does not have that intimidating run-up, blinding speed or a follow-through that sets up eyeball-to-eyeball confrontation with batsmen. Neither does he indulge in theatrical appeals. He is a minimalist. Even the famous shake of his head, while walking to the top of his run-up, is not exaggerated.
Yet, McGrath rates among the feared and most successful fast bowler in Test history. Delivering from close to the stump, he tested, teased and tormented the batsmen in the corridor of uncertainty. While his relentless accuracy made him one of the great economists in the game, what made him lethal is the fusion of subtle lateral movement and steep bounce from his 6'6" height and his programmed precision line and length. It made him rare species in terms of parsimony and productivity.
It played a huge contributory factor in fetching him 113 leg-before and 76 bowled. But the one compelling statistical evidence of the quality of wickets he has taken is the fact that a staggering 225 of his 563 wicket were either opening batsmen or those coming in at one-drop, while just 99 wickets comprised No 9 10 and Jack.
McGrath is a master of the mind game who once had the audacity to imparted on-field lessons to Sachin Tendulkar on how to play the hook! Coming from the worst No 11 batsman to the best batsman in the world, right in the middle of a Test match, was like a teenage choirboy giving the Pope a discourse in Bible!
Nobody in Test cricket has been as confounded by the McGrath magic as Mike Atherton. The Englishman must have felt like a condemned man walking to the gallows every time he went out to open the innings against Australia, with McGrath waiting for him like an executioner. McGrath got Atherton out 19 times.
McGrath, in tandem with Shane Warne, played a major contributory role in Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to the early 21st century.
McGrath is now champions the cause of breast cancer awareness — a disease to which is first wife [Jane] succumbed.