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