Dubai: Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on January 4, during the lunch break of the third Test between Australia and Sri Lanka. The 42-year-old played 124 Tests and 250 ODIs in a career that spanned from 1993-2007, and is best remembered for his unremitting off-stump line and an immaculate length that helped become the most successful fast bowler of all time.
McGrath made his debut against New Zealand at Perth in November 1993. His ODI debut followed less than a month later against South Africa in Melbourne. Australia’s most successful Test bowler with 563 wickets at an average of 21.64, McGrath also ended with 381 ODI wickets at 22.02. He was part of three Australian World-Cup winning sides, rewriting the record books with 7 for 15 against Namibia in the 2003 World Cup and taking a record 26 wickets in the 2007 edition. In 2004, McGrath became the first Australian fast bowler to play 100 Test matches and also achieved the second-best figures by an Australia in a Test innings, 8 for 24 against Pakistan at Perth.
He becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees Brian Lara and England's Enid Bakewell in being recognized by the ICC.
"I am honoured that the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame voting academy, which includes all the current living Hall of Famers, have nominated and voted me to be inducted into the Hall of Fame," said McGrath of his induction. "I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on 4 January with not only my friends and family, but all those at the SCG which is of course is like a second home to me."