This day, that year: 25 years ago, Glenn McGrath makes Test debut for Australia
Glenn McGrath, considered as one of the greatest bowlers in cricketing history, made his Test debut exactly 25 years ago on November 12 in 1993.Then a 23-year-old, McGrath was handed his maiden Test cap against New Zealand at the WACA in Perth.McGrath had to wait until the second day to hold the red cherry in his hands as New Zealand had won the toss and asked Australia to bat first.Australia rode on Ian Healy’s century and fifties from Mark Taylor and Paul Reiffel to score 398.In reply, New Zealand were rocked early as McGrath made Mark Greatbatch his maiden international victim when the right-arm paceman found the edge of the Kiwi opener’s bat.However, he was made to work hard for his second wicket until Day 4 when he trapped Danny Morrison before New Zealand declared their first innings at 419/9.In their second innings, Australia declared at 323/1 to set New Zealand a victory target of 303.McGrath bowled well for his 1/50 as the match ended in a draw.#OnThisDay in 1993 Glenn McGrath made his Test debut, against New Zealand at Perth. Unsurprisingly, his first innings figures were a parsimonious 39-12-92-2, and also unsurprisingly, he made a golden duck! pic.twitter.com/nJoFVAedgAICC (@ICC) November 12, 2018There was no looking back McGrath after that. He kept picking wickets after wickets and has been key to Australia’s success be it Tests or ODIs.He finished with 563 Test wickets and 381 ODI wickets and in this period Australia won three World Cups and six Ashes series.advertisementMcGrath held the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler until September when England paceman James Anderson surpassed the Australian legend’s tally of Test wicket.He also holds the fourth position in the list of top wicket-takers in international cricket with 949 wickets to his credit. The first three slots have been occupied by Muttiah Muralitharan (1347), Shane Warne (1001) and Anil Kumble (956) — all being spin bowlers.McGrath announced his retirement from Test cricket on December 23 in 2006.Awards and honours:The 2007 World Cup marked the end of his ODI career. He was honoured with the Player of the Tournament award for his outstanding bowling which was instrumental in Australia winning the title for the 4th time.He is also the leading wicket-taker in World Cups with 71 wickets under his belt.He was named a Member of the Order of Australia on January 26 (Australia Day) in 2008 for ‘service to cricket as a player’In the year 2008, McGrath was named Australian of the Year.McGrath was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame in January 2013.