McGrath to be inducted into Australia Hall of Fame

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Published: Sunday, February 3, 2013, 16:39 [IST]
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McGrath to join Oz Hall of Fame

Melbourne, Feb 3: Former Australian fast bowlers Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame (ACHoF) at the 2013 Allan Border Medal tomorrow night (February 4)in Melbourne.

ACHoF chairman David Crow on Sunday announced that McGrath and Turner were the selection committee's unanimous choice for induction this year.

"Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner were each the outstanding Australian fast bowler of their era," said Crow.

"Despite careers more than a century apart, they had much in common. Tall, right-arm fast bowlers, both men hailed from country New South Wales. Their superb records demonstrate the dominance each had over opposition batsmen over a prolonged period."

Thrust into Test cricket in 1993 with limited first-class experience with New South Wales, Glenn McGrath became the greatest Australian fast bowler of his generation.

In a 14-year Test career spanning 124 matches, McGrath's 563 wickets at 21.64 is the highest tally by a fast bowler and fourth-highest of all-time, behind Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble.

His unrelenting accuracy and immaculate length also posed problems for batsmen in limited-overs internationals, with his 381 wickets the sixth-highest in history.

McGrath said he was delighted to be inducted into the ACHoF and will fly from India to attend the ceremony in Melbourne on Monday evening.

"I grew up in the country, watching and loving cricket from a young age, and the thought of playing for Australia was a dream. To achieve that, to be lucky enough to play for as long as I did and now to be inducted in the Hall of Fame, is a huge honour," said McGrath.

Charlie Turner was a formidable opponent, particularly on wet surfaces. Possessing a rhythmic run and a square-on action at the point of delivery, Turner took 6/15 on Test debut at Sydney in 1887, helping dismiss England for 45, which remains the lowest total by England against Australia.

In 17 Test matches between 1887 and 1895 - all against England - Turner took 101 wickets at 16.53, the best average by an Australian bowler with more than 100 wickets.


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