I could play on for another two years: McGrath

Published: Monday, April 30, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney:After retiring from international cricket on a high, Player of the World Cup Glenn Mcgrath said he is yet to experience the 'sinking feeling' of not playing for Australia again although he had two more years of cricket left in him.

McGrath, who finished with a record haul of 26 wickets in the World Cup, revealed that a Test selector wanted to take 'revenge' by dropping him.

''I've had a Test selector say he was disappointed he didn't get to axe me,'' McGrath wrote in a column for Herald Sun He continued saying, ''Test selector Merv Hughes, always the prankster, has a unique take on my retirement.

''Merv told me that as I effectively replaced him in the Test side in 1994, he was looking forward to getting square with me by sticking the knife in and ending my Test career.'' However, Pigeon's place in the Australian team was never seriously threatened.

''He (Merv) said he was disappointed I announced my retirement before he had the chance to swoop. Merv, of course, was only joking,''he said.

''But I must say I am pleased to be bowing out on my terms,'' the ace bowler added proudly.

About how he felt after calling it a day after playing international cricket for 14 years, he said, ''It may not be until Australia plays again - in the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa in September - and I am not there that it will hit me that I will never wear my country's colours again.'' ''Physically and mentally I feel I could play on for another two years. But it's time. There are other priorities in my life ahead of cricket.

The legendaray bowler said he was touched by a fan who invited him for a beer and that he might just accept the invitation. ''I have been sent some nice messages, including a couple from people I knew growing up in Narromine.

''Another came from a cricket fan in Mudgee who finished by saying if I am ever calling through please give him a bell and he will take me to his local for a beer.

''I might just get there. It was terrific to get those sorts of messages because sometimes we are so focused on what we are doing you forget that people outside our bubble are watching us closely and getting a lot of enjoyment from the game, '' he wrote.

''It would have done no one any good to play on. The first thing I want to do is get away from it for a while, unwind and see what options come up,'' the lanky bowler added.

''I feel I have a role to play in the game, but I want to have six to 12 months away from it,'' he said on his future plans.

''I am pleased that I am leaving the game in good shape - there are a lot of young fast bowlers coming through.'' Now a bit of serious advise for all aspiring McGraths, ''My approach has always been simple. The less complex you make things the less things can go wrong.

''I always tell youngsters if you can bowl 99 balls out of 100 that can hit the top of off-stump you will take wickets.

''They always seem disappointed with that simple truth,''McGrath concluded.


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