Glenn McGrath

“Sport is something that crosses all boundaries and can really bring people together,” said Glenn McGrath.

Former international cricketer Glenn McGrath played the game for 14 years. He was a fast-medium pace bowler who is regarded as one of the best international bowlers of all time. From the middle of the 1990s until the late 2000s, he significantly contributed to Australia's dominance of international cricket.

McGrath has a taste for large events and for defeating the top players on the biggest stages.

Personal Information

Born: 9 February 1970 Nationality: Australia
Years Active: (1993-2007) Birth Place: Dubbo, New South Wales
Height: 6ft 6in Role: Bowler
Batting Style: Right-handed Bowling Style:Right-arm Fast-medium
Nickname: Pigeon  

Glenn McGrath’s Journey


He was born and raised in Narromine, New South Wales (NSW), where Doug Walters first noticed his talent while watching him playing cricket.

Jane and Glenn first met in 1995 and then got engaged in 2001. Jane was Glenn’s first spouse. The couple had two children. After being initially identified with metastatic breast cancer in 1997, Jane McGrath battled the disease repeatedly. On June 22, 2008, at the age of 42, Jane McGrath passed away due to complications following cancer surgery.

During the 2009 Indian Premier League, interior designer Sara Leona and McGrath got married. In 2015, the couple got blessed with a baby girl.

McGrath listed his house for $6 million in April 2011.

Ascend to Glory

On Australia Day in 2008, McGrath was designated as a Member of the Order of Australia for his “service to cricket as a player.” McGrath received the title of NSW Australian of the Year in the same year. 2011 saw McGrath entering the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, and January 2013 saw him entering the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Low Point

McGrath's batting ability was poor at the beginning of his career; in fact, he scored zero runs on both his Test and One-Day International debuts. For the first few years of his career, his batting average was below 4.

After receiving meticulous coaching from his captain and buddy Steve Waugh for several years, he was able to achieve a Test half-century.

He was widely criticized in 2015 when it was discovered that McGrath had killed a number of animals on a shooting expedition in South Africa.

On the website of the wildlife park Chipitani Safaris, images of McGrath were posted, showing him crouched over next to a dead buffalo, two hyenas, and an elephant's tusks. He then apologized for his actions. "I'm keen to get into trophy hunting, no animal in particular, but a large safari in Africa would be excellent".

Glenn's Record

In terms of career success, McGrath ranks third behind Stuart Broad and James Anderson. He is fifth among all Test bowlers and no other bowler has more wickets at a lower average than him. In addition, he holds the record for most wickets in the Cricket World Cup with 71 and he has collected the seventh-most one-day international wickets (381). On November 1st, 2012, McGrath received recognition at the seventh annual Bradman Awards in Sydney.


McGrath made his Test retirement announcement on December 23, 2006. In Sydney's fifth Ashes Test against England in January 2007, which served as his final Test, he took a wicket with the final ball of his Test career. After the victorious 2007 Cricket World Cup, he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket in 2007. In this, he not only won the Player of the Tournament award but also became the World Cup's highest wicket-taker with 26 wickets.

Career Statistics

Glenn McGrath is well known for his sporting accomplishments as the best bowler and a quick learner. Australian cricketer Glenn McGrath's career encompasses much more than just his superb bowling skills.

Matches: 250 Run Scored: 115
Batting Average: 3.83 Top Score: 11
100/50: 0/0 Wickets: 381
Matches: 2 Run Scored: 5
Batting Average: 5.0 Top Score: 5
100/50: 0/0 Wickets: 5
Matches: 124 Run Scored: 641
Batting Average: 7.37 Top Score: 61
100/50: 0/1 Wickets: 563
Matches: 14 Run Scored: 4
Batting Average: 4.0 Top Score: 4
100/50: 0/0 Wickets: 12

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