McGrath, who is the leading fast bowling wicket-taker of all time, called on his so-called protege to stage a comeback from his disappointing Ashes campaign
Glenn McGrath added Josh Hazlewood (above) should stage a comeback from his disappointing Ashes campaign © Getty Images

Melbourne: Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath has backed Josh Hazlewood to reign supreme as the leader of the country’s pace attack. The 45-year-old insisted that Hazlewood has got the ability and the mentality to be the main bowler, admitting that the towering paceman was getting better all the time and going from strength to strength, News.com.au reported. McGrath, who is the leading fast bowling wicket-taker of all time, called on his so-called protege to stage a comeback from his disappointing Ashes campaign, insisting that it would pave way for his stronger return. Hazlewood, who remained wicketless during Australia’s 177-run win over West Indies in the second Test, has declared himself fit for the third and final match at the SCG starting on Sunday. READ: Glenn McGrath believes Josh Hazlewood can surpass his record

Earlier, the Australian Test cricket squad on Friday had joined the McGrath Foundation to help raise awareness of the need for breast care nursing services in the country and announce the fundraising goal of $380,000 for the eighth Pink Test — the third match between Steven Smith’s men against the West Indies starting here on Sunday. McGrath Foundation co-founder and President Glenn McGrath presented the Australian team with their baggy pink caps for the traditional pre-Test team photo and announced the need for increased funding to address the national shortfall in breast care nurses, according to a Cricket Australia (CA) release. “With 43 Australians diagnosed with breast cancer every day there is critical and continuing need for more McGrath Breast Care Nurses to support families through breast cancer,” McGrath said. READ: Josh Hazlewood ready for the final Test against West Indies at Sydney