McGrath to Play in England

McGrath to Play in England

Post by rsc » Mon, 19 Apr 1999 04:00:00

 McGrath lured to England

SYDNEY, Thursday (AFP) - Australia's  feared  fast  bowler  Glenn
McGrath  was  expected  to join an English County side next year,
the Australian newspaper reported Thursday.

The 29-year-old, currently in the West Indies with the Australian
tour  party,  declined to discuss details of several offers other
than to confirm they were being finalised.

McGrath expects to play Test  cricket  for  another  five  years,
which  would  give  him  enough  time to overtake Dennis Lillee's
total of 355 as Australia's leading Test wicket-taker.

But Australia's coach Geoff Marsh has warned the  player  of  the
dangers of burn-out.

McGrath missed most of the one-day  series  during  1997-98  with
stomach  and  groin  problems  and  was forced out of Australia's
tours to New Zealand, India and Sharjah in 1998.

He  has  been  playing  international  cricket   non-stop   since
Australia  began their tour of Pakistan last September and had to
be rested for the  first  two  one-day  internationals  on  their
current tour of the West Indies

McGrath's tally in  four  Tests  was  just  three  short  of  the
Australia-West  Indies series record of 33 set over five Tests by
Curtly Ambrose, Clarrie Grimmett and Alan Davidson.

He seems to thrive on confrontation. He was involved  in  a  mid-
pitch  altercation  with  Brian  Lara  during  the  third Test in
Barbados and was.charged with bringing the  game  into  disrepute
for  spitting  on  the  pitch  near  West  Indies'  opener Adrian
Griffith in the fourth Test.

That meant he had to pay a fine of  1,500  US  dollars  suspended
from  the  Boxing  Day  Test,  when  he  sledged  England's  Alan
Mullally.