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McGrath, Turner inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Associated Press
Feb 03, 2013 at 06:58pm IST

Melbourne: Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner, two fast bowlers separated by more than a century of competition, are unanimous inductees into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.

Hall of fame chairman David Crow said Sunday the two will be officially inducted at the Allan Border Medal ceremonies on Monday.

In a 14-year Test career spanning 124 matches, McGrath's 563 wickets at 21.64 is the highest tally by a fast bowler and fourth-highest of all-time, behind leading Muttiah Muralitharan, Anil Kumble and Shane Warne.

McGrath, Turner inducted into Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

Hall of fame chairman David Crow said the two will be officially inducted at the Allan Border Medal ceremonies on Monday.

Charlie Turner, who died in 1944, took 6 for 15 on Test debut at Sydney in 1887, helping dismiss England for 45, which remains the lowest total by England against Australia. In 17 Test matches between 1887 and 1895 - all against England - Turner took 101 wickets at 16.53.

In the 2007 World Cup, McGrath's swansong for Australia, he took a record 26 wickets and was named man of the tournament.

Winner of the Allan Border Medal in 2000 and named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998, McGrath was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in December.

"I grew up in the country, watching and loving cricket from a young age, and the thought of playing for Australia was a dream. To achieve that, to be lucky enough to play for as long as I did and now to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, is a huge honour," McGrath said.

"I am proud to be inducted alongside Charlie Turner. I didn't know a great deal about him, but when I found out that we were being inducted together, I did a bit of homework. Like me, he was a country boy, born in Bathurst not far from where I grew up. His statistics indicate he was a remarkable bowler."

In 1887-88, Turner became the first bowler to take 100 wickets in an Australian first-class season, a record that still stands. He took almost 1,000 wickets in a first-class career of almost 20 years.

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