Glenn McGrath

Name : Glenn Donald McGrath.

Nick name : Pigeon (Pidge), Millard.

Date of Birth : 9 February, 1970.7 April, 1972.

Place of Birth : Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.

Batting Style : Right Handed Batsman.

Bowling Style : Right Arm Medium fast.

Role : Medium Pace bowler.

ODI Debut : against South Africa in December, 1993.

TEST Debut : against New Zealand in November, 1993.

Playing Teams : New South Wales (1992-2008), Worcestershire (2000), Middlesex (2004), Delhi Dare Devils (2008).


Matches : 250.

Wickets : 381.

Best figures : 7/15.

Economy : 3.92run’s per over.

Average : 22.02(Bowl).

5/10 wickets : 7/0.

Runs : 115.

Best : 11.

Average : 3.83(Bat).

Catches : 37.


Matches : 124

Wickets : 563

Best figures : 8/24

Economy : 3.18run’s per over.

Average : 21.64(Bowl)

5/10 wickets : 29/3.

Runs : 641

Best : 61

100’s/50’s : 0/1.

Average : 7.36(Bat)

Catches : 38.

McGrath’s Personal Information::

Glenn Donald McGrath (born on 9February, 1970 in Dubbo, New South Wales), nicknamed “pidge” is a former Australian cricket player league team of Delhi Dare Devils. He was born to Beverly and Kevin McGrath. Glenn McGrath was born in Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW) but, he grew up in Narromine, New South Wales. Glenn McGrath married to Jane, a British former flight attendant, he has two children James and Holly. Jane successfully fought on going battles with breast cancer and bone cancer for some period but could not hold on that, she died on June 22, 2008 with breast cancer.

McGrath has used his profile to raise money for the McGrath’s foundation, established by him and his wife, late Jane to raise breast cancer awareness and to raise money to fund more breast cancer nurses throughout Australia.

McGrath was named of the order of Australia on 26 January, 2008 for “Service to cricket as a player”, and along with his wife for “Service to the community through the establishment of the McGrath foundation”.

Starting from his Career::

Glenn played first grade cricket for Sutherland and made his debut for (NSW) during the 1992/93 season. McGrath capped his rapid rise in the next Australian summer with selection in the Test team after only eight first class matches. McGrath bowling was not of express race but he relied on accuracy and subtle scam movement. In the later years of his career, he developed as a swing bowler. His natural physical fitness is crucial thing to play for many years for his team. In 204, he became the first Australian fast bowler to play 100 Tests. In the first innings of ICC super series Test match in 2005, McGrath passed Courtney Walsh” to become the greatest wicket taker among fast bowlers in Test history. McGrath was regarded as the best fast bowler in the World and has success against every opposition team, in both Test and ODI. McGrath was most successful specially with England, he dismissed “Mike Atherton” of England 19 times the most times any batsman has been dismissed by one bowler in cricket history. Before the 2005 Ashes series he predicted a 5-0 whitewash for Australia and even said that if England won the Ashes he would return to Australia by boat, but England prevailed 2-1. However, this did not dissuade him from making a similar 5-0 prediction for the nest Ashes series, in Australia in 2006/07 which turned out to be true. McGrath is a competent outfielder with a strong accurate throwing arm, whilst not known for his athleticism. McGrath’s batting prowess in the early phase of his career was non existent, in fact he scored first ball ducks on both in Test and ODI debuts.

McGrath played for Worcestershire in the 2000 English county championship, proving both successful on the field and popular with the county’s supporters. In 14 first class games he took 80 wickets at 13.21 including an outstanding inning return of 8-41 against Northampton shire as well as making his first ever class half century (55 against Nottinghamshire). He also played a few games for Middlesex in 2004, but although accurate could manage only 9 wickets of four first class appearances for the county.

McGrath became the fourth bowler in history to take 500 Test wickets with the dismissal of “Marcus Trescothick” during the 1st Test at Lords in 2005 Ashes series.

In the final Test played against England in Australia(Ashes 2006-07 series), he took 21wickets in the series at an average of 23.90, as well as scoring 10runs and taking 1 catch in what was to be his final Test series. McGrath retired from Test cricket on 23 December, 2006 and he also retired from all forms of International cricketing 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. McGrath now owns his own foundation named the “Glenn McGrath Foundation”.

McGrath in Indian Premier League(IPL)::

Glenn McGrath was signed by the Delhi Dare Devils for the Indian Premier League under the Sehwag’s captaincy. He was also one of senior member of that team. His team members would call him as uncle as they were very young than him. He was paid for a sum of USD 350,000 to play in IPL for Delhi Dare Devils. His T-shirt in IPL had the name “pidge” short form of his nickname “pigeon”. His team did well under his bowling to crack opposition’s top order when ever they were on field. As he was one of senior member of the team, he would advice and teach his experience to his teammates. Whenever he played for Delhi Dare Devils he gave them good start in bowling by picking up wickets and with less Economy rate. His team went on to win 7matches of 14 in which one ending with no result. Although they reached semis in IPL but couldn’t reach in the final, they lost to Chennai Super Kings in semis of IPL.

Some Achievements and records of McGrath::

~ He holds 7highest Tenth wicket partnerships and two Tenth wicket partnerships of 100+.

~ He has been in 4 World cup tournaments and has won 3 of those, getting to the final in the other.

~ He is the author of “The Glenn McGrath Barbecue cook bock-Barbecue with the Master”.

~ He was awarded as “player of series” in world cup 2007.

~ He was awarded as “Allan Border Medal” in 2000.