Accuracy, bounce key to my success, says McGrath

Published: Monday, September 16, 2002, 22:14 [IST]
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Colombo: Ace Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath on Sunday revealed the secret of his success after guiding his team to an easy victory over New Zealand in the Champions Trophy tournament here. "My accuracy is the key and a bit of bounce to go with it," said McGrath, who wrecked New Zealand with a five-wicket burst to help his team win by 164 runs. Defending champions New Zealand was shot out for 132 in reply to its rival's 296-7. "I don't bowl that quick and I don't really do a great deal with the ball," said McGrath. "What I do is land the ball pretty much where I want to. No matter what pace you bowl at, if you can land the ball where you want -- hitting the top of off-stump -- then 99 times out 100 you will get a wicket." McGrath's fifth five-wicket haul in 161 One-dayers helped Australia post its third- biggest victory on runs after 232 against Sri Lanka at Adelaide in 1984-85 and 224 against Pakistan at Nairobi early this month. He also completed 250 wickets in the shorter version of the game. "I guess 250 was the landmark I wanted to reach," said McGrath, 32. "Obviously 300 is the next landmark. Let's us see how the body holds up. I want to play for another two or three years, so there are a few wickets left in me yet. I've been working on my run-up and the rhythm is back." Australian skipper Ricky Ponting praised his bowlers, but said there was still room for improvement. "Glenn and Jason bowled very well," said Ponting. "They're two of the best opening bowlers in the world. That's what the statistics and other players will tell you. "As captain, it's nice to have these two opening the bowling. They bowl in the right areas, keep the seam upright and if there's anything in the pitch they usually get it out of it and that makes my job easier." Ponting said the team's fielding performance was not up to the mark despite dismissing New Zealand for a small total. "You never expect to bowl a side out for about 100, but there was some sloppy fielding towards the end of the day," he said. "But we took the initiative away from New Zealand early on with some good aggressive batting. That laid the foundation and the other batsmen chipped in. "I'm a bit disappointed that none of the top-order batsmen went on to make a big score after they got starts, but all in all it was a very satisfying day for us." New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming conceded his team put in a below-par performance against strong opponents. "We didn't execute our game-plan well enough. To beat Australia you have to execute in the right areas and be thorough with your batting. "The fielding was a bit lazy as well. In that sense we were under par and to beat a side like Australia you probably have to exceed expectations. That didn't happen today." Fleming said he felt his team had failed to cope with the pressure. "They bowled a good line and length, but it was still a good wicket to bat on. We probably fell a bit to pressure as well. "When there's a big score you've to be aggressive and when you're aggressive you push the limits. The limits were too far today and we lost wickets. We had no partnerships, we had no tempo and they dominated the game."

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