"It~~s definitely not breast cancer but is linked to it"
Published: Thursday, April 3, 2003, 19:38 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2001
McGrath rushed home to be with ailing wife Jane
Sydney: The wife of Glenn McGrath was not suffering a recurrence of breast cancer which caused her to undergo surgery six years ago; the Australian cricketer's manager was reported as saying in Sydney on Thursday. McGrath was granted leave to return home from Australia's tour to the West Indies after he received medical advice about his wife, Jane, on Wednesday. He was expected to arrive in Sydney later on Thursday, but was not expected to speak to the media, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said. The leading paceman's manager Warren Craig said Jane McGrath's condition was related to, but not a recurrence of, the breast cancer that caused her to have a mastectomy in 1997. "It definitely is not breast cancer," Craig told the 'Sydney Morning Herald'. "It is linked, however. The condition is basically a derivative of that, but it can be treated. It is serious without being overly serious." Jane McGrath was not in hospital and her husband seemed positive and upbeat, he said. "Like any husband who is overseas when his wife gets diagnosed with something, you come home and sort it out and go from there," Craig said. McGrath, 33, is the second-highest Australian Test wicket-taker behind Shane Warne, with 422 wickets in 91 Tests at 21.45, and is regarded as world cricket's leading fast bowler. The Australian team was scheduled to arrive in Georgetown, Guyana, late on Wednesday local time. Australia plays four Tests and seven One-dayers against West Indies. The World Cup winners' first match is a three-day game against a President's XI in Georgetown, starting on Saturday. The Aussies will hope to have their pace spearhead back in time for the first Test, beginning on April 10.