Dec 312012

Record breaking former Australia paceman Glenn McGrath  is to be inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame.

The 42-year-old took a Test high 563 wickets for a fast bowler in a landmark career before retiring in 2007.

Glenn McGrath (1993-2007): 563 wickets in 124 matches for Australia at an average of 21.64

Courtney Walsh (1984-2001): 519 wickets in 132 matches for West Indies at an average of 24.44

Kapil Dev (1978-1994): 434 wickets in 131 matches for India at an average of 29.64

*Minimum of 20 innings. Statistics correct as of 29 December 2012

His efforts with the ball will be recognised during the opening day of Australia’s third Test with Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

West Indian Brian Lara and Englishwoman Enid Bakewell are the other inductees.

“I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on 4 January with not only my friends and family, but all those at the SCG which is of course like a second home to me,” McGrath said.

The giant right-arm bowler was a key member of the Australia side that dominated world cricket in the 1990s and 2000s. He appeared in 124 Tests and 250 ODIs for his country at a combined total of 944 wickets in 14 years before quitting the international game following Australia’s third consecutive World Cup triumph.

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