McGrath meets coach to finalise his comeback

Published: Tuesday, July 25, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:It would definitely not come as music to the batsmen's ears as Glenn McGrath plans a comeback to international cricket after a six-month gap since his wife Jane was re-diagnosed with breast cancer.

An AAP report said the pacer would be meeting coach John Buchanan tomorrow to finalise his plans for a comeback before the Champions Trophy in India.

McGrath pulled out of the twin tours of South Africa and Bangladesh to be with his wife and now that Jane is doing better, the 'Pigeon' would meet Buchanan at Cricket Australia's Centre of Excellence in Brisbane tomorrow to chart out his future plans.

''It'll be a really good opportunity for him just to get outdoors and have a bowl in front of a few of us, a few of the coaches, Troy Cooley and Dene Hills, Jamie Siddons and myself, and get a little bit of assessment of where he's at,'' Buchanan said.

''He says he's been physically doing some good work (with New South Wales) so that's a good sign. He hasn't played for a little period of time so he's got some catching up to do there but all signs are very good for his return,'' the coach added.

Buchanan and McGrath would dicuss the possibility of a return before the Champions Trophy, while another option is to play state cricket for NSW in the Pura Cup.

Buchanan didn't rule out even a September return in the triangular series against South Africa and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

''There's a whole range of options for him. There's no exact science to say if you do that then that will be the outcome but I think we'll get a program that will have him ready for the first day of the first Test,' he explained.

The first Ashes Test gets underway at the Gabba on November 23.

Talking about the Ashes, Buchanan warned his wards against complacence even though England would be an injury-depleted side.

Regular skipper Michael Vaughan is certain to miss the Test series with a knee injury, while the trio of all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, paceman Simon Jones and spinner Ashley Giles are also doubtful.

''I'd still be confident that England will bring over pretty much just about a full complement,'' Buchanan said.

''I think they're making sure that if players do suffer an injury or suspect there is something not quite right then they'll make sure they pull them off the park and work on them until they get it right.

''But come Ashes time and come the 23rd of November then they should have just about a full complement to pick from,'' he remarked.

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