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Glen McGrath is the current No.1 bowler in the world. He bowls at a consistent 88 mph, and does clever stuff with bounce and swing (getting the ball to move around in the air), and has consistently destroyed England in the Ashes this summer, calmly taking match winning figures without really exerting himself. The technical and orthodox quality of his bowling, ball after ball after ball, just rips through our batting. It's really quite embarrasing, actually. I've got his autograph. He, too, like Andy Caddick, and Curtly Ambrose is very tall indeed. He's still quite young, and it looks as though we'll be hearing plenty more of him.

Update 13/6/02 Here are McGrath's complete international cricket statistics:

                     Mat  Runs  HS   BatAv 100  50   W    BB  BowlAv 5w  Ct St

overall               84   411  39    6.52   0   0 389  8/38   21.91 23  25  0

v England             18    51  20*   4.25   0   0  98  8/38   20.04  7   6  0
v India                7    58  21*  11.60   0   0  37  5/48   16.08  2   2  0
v New Zealand          9    36  14    6.00   0   0  30  5/32   32.56  1   1  0
v Pakistan            11    35   7    3.18   0   0  48  5/61   27.58  2   7  0
v South Africa        14    66  18    6.00   0   0  49  6/86   25.16  2   4  0
v Sri Lanka            6    14  10*  14.00   0   0  27  5/40   24.14  1   1  0
v West Indies         18   138  39    8.62   0   0  94  6/17   17.96  8   3  0
v Zimbabwe             1    13  13   13.00   0   0   6  3/44   15.00  0   1  0

in Australia          41   149  24    4.25   0   0 183  6/17   23.00  8  14  0
in England            11    36  20*  12.00   0   0  68  8/38   18.27  6   3  0
in India               4    53  21*  17.66   0   0  19  4/18   18.26  0   1  0
in New Zealand         3    30  14    7.50   0   0  12  4/33   22.41  0   0  0
in Pakistan            5    17   6    4.25   0   0  19  5/66   31.00  1   2  0
in South Africa        8    18  11    3.60   0   0  29  6/86   23.62  2   3  0
in Sri Lanka           3    14  10*  14.00   0   0   6  3/81   35.66  0   1  0
in West Indies         8    81  39   11.57   0   0  47  6/47   18.65  6   0  0
in Zimbabwe            1    13  13   13.00   0   0   6  3/44   15.00  0   1  0

in Africa              9    31  13    5.16   0   0  35  6/86   22.14  2   4  0
in Americas            8    81  39   11.57   0   0  47  6/47   18.65  6   0  0
in Asia               12    84  21*  10.50   0   0  44  5/66   26.13  1   4  0
in Europe             11    36  20*  12.00   0   0  68  8/38   18.27  6   3  0
in Oceania            44   179  24    4.58   0   0 195  6/17   22.96  8  14  0

home                  41   149  24    4.25   0   0 183  6/17   23.00  8  14  0
away                  43   262  39    9.35   0   0 206  8/38   20.94 15  11  0

1993 (age: 22y 327d)   2     0   0    0.00   0   0   6  3/66   42.16  0   0  0
1994 (23y 326d)        6    15   9    2.50   0   0  13  4/92   44.38  0   0  0
1995 (24y 326d)       10    17   5    2.12   0   0  52  6/47   21.88  4   2  0
1996 (25y 326d)        5    35  24    7.00   0   0  30  5/50   17.53  1   2  0
1997 (26y 327d)       13    63  20*   7.00   0   0  63  8/38   21.38  4   4  0
1998 (27y 326d)        8    42  14    6.00   0   0  35  6/85   23.42  2   4  0
1999 (28y 326d)       14   114  39    8.76   0   0  67  5/28   21.26  4   7  0
2000 (29y 326d)        8    42  14    6.00   0   0  39  6/17   15.58  3   1  0
2001 (30y 327d)       14    76  21*  15.20   0   0  68  7/76   21.66  4   3  0
2002 (31y 326d)        4     7   4*   3.50   0   0  16  5/21   22.31  1   2  0

season 1993/94         5    11   9    3.66   0   0  12  3/65   40.33  0   0  0
season 1994/95         8    11   4    1.37   0   0  30  6/47   28.10  2   0  0
season 1995/96         6    10   5    2.50   0   0  36  5/40   21.66  2   2  0
season 1996/97         9    49  24    4.90   0   0  41  6/86   20.19  2   4  0
season 1997            6    25  20*  12.50   0   0  36  8/38   19.47  2   2  0
season 1997/98         3    38  18   12.66   0   0  11  5/32   24.00  1   0  0
season 1998/99        12   102  39    8.50   0   0  66  6/85   20.36  6   5  0
season 1999/00        13    70  14    6.36   0   0  56  5/48   21.67  2   6  0
season 2000/01         8    72  21*  14.40   0   0  38  6/17   16.31  1   2  0
season 2001            5    11   8*  11.00   0   0  32  7/76   16.93  4   1  0
season 2001/02         9    12   5    3.00   0   0  31  5/21   29.16  1   3  0

toss won              48   292  39    7.89   0   0 249  8/38   19.97 14  17  0
toss lost             36   119  14    4.57   0   0 140  7/76   25.36  9   8  0

toss won & batted     34   256  39    9.14   0   0 177  7/76   19.93 11  10  0
toss won & fielded    14    36  20*   4.00   0   0  72  8/38   20.05  3   7  0
toss lost & sent in   13    33  11    3.30   0   0  43  6/47   27.06  4   2  0
toss lost & fielded   23    86  14    5.37   0   0  97  7/76   24.60  5   6  0

matches batting 1st   47   289  39    7.60   0   0 220  7/76   21.33 15  12  0
matches fielding 1st  37   122  20*   4.88   0   0 169  8/38   22.66  8  13  0

1st team innings      84   306  39    6.12   0   0 236  8/38   21.19 15  13  0
2nd team innings      82   105  18    8.07   0   0 153  5/21   23.01  8  12  0

1st match innings     84   186  39    6.41   0   0 103  8/38   20.59  6   7  0
2nd match innings     84   120  20*   5.71   0   0 133  7/76   21.66  9   6  0
3rd match innings     82    91  18   11.37   0   0  86  5/21   24.88  4   7  0
4th match innings     61    14  12    2.80   0   0  67  5/28   20.61  4   5  0

no follow-on          78   372  39    6.09   0   0 351  8/38   22.43 20  23  0
enforcing a follow-on  6    39  21*  19.50   0   0  38  5/21   17.13  3   2  0

matches won           52   240  39    6.48   0   0 264  6/17   19.54 13  15  0
matches drawn         14    36  18    5.14   0   0  44  8/38   32.81  3   2  0
matches lost          18   135  21*   7.10   0   0  81  7/76   23.71  7   8  0

won by an innings     16    47  20*   9.40   0   0  84  6/17   17.97  5   4  0
won defending target  18   127  39    6.68   0   0  99  5/28   17.31  4   5  0
won chasing target    18    66  14    5.07   0   0  81  5/40   23.88  4   6  0
lost defending targ.   5    45  21*   5.62   0   0  23  7/76   23.39  1   4  0
lost chasing target   13    90  11    8.18   0   0  58  7/76   23.84  6   4  0

5 day matches         84   411  39    6.52   0   0 389  8/38   21.91 23  25  0

1st/Only Tests        26   139  39    6.95   0   0 125  6/17   21.00  7   4  0
2nd Tests             22   124  24    8.85   0   0  92  8/38   23.02  5   6  0
3rd Tests             22    79  11    4.93   0   0 108  6/47   21.54  8  10  0
4th Tests              7    50  20*   8.33   0   0  28  7/76   25.07  1   2  0
5th Tests              6    17  13    2.83   0   0  29  5/43   22.17  1   3  0
6th Tests              1     2   1*   2.00   0   0   7  7/76   15.57  1   0  0

in series won         65   255  24    5.10   0   0 316  8/38   21.05 19  22  0
in series drawn       10    85  39   14.16   0   0  41  5/28   26.00  4   1  0
in series lost         9    71  21*  10.14   0   0  32  4/18   25.18  0   2  0

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