14 September 2010
ICC CWC Man of the Series - Glenn McGrath
McGrath picked up 71 wickets from 39 games from 1996-2007 in the World Cup series
(L-R) Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Adam Gilchrist of Australia.
In fact, Australia have been in the final of the last four ICC Cricket World Cups, making it an awe-inspiring record for any team to match.
The cornerstone of Australia's title run has been built around the solid foundation provided by their champion new-ball exponent, Glenn McGrath.
An epitome of consistency, McGrath's stature grew with the start of Australia's domination at the international level from 1999.
In a side full of world-beaters, McGrath held his own for long and his ICC Cricket World Cup showing just confirmed his stature. He picked up 71 wickets from 39 games in ICC Cricket World Cups from 1996-2007 with a best of 7-15 ending as the most successful bowler in the tournament history.
To top it all his final appearance in an international game was also ironically the time Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the third successive time.
It could not have been a more perfect setting than the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for McGrath to be nominated the best of the best. He bagged 26 wickets from 11 games at an average of 13.73 with an economy rate of 4.4 to boot.
His best figures were 3-14 against Scotland in the opening game, but that did not mean that McGrath did not tie up the batsmen in knots. Part of a strong bowling line-up, McGrath controlled the middle overs brilliantly. He picked up four more three-wicket hauls in the competition.
Bowling behind the fast and furious Shaun Tait (23 wickets), the accurate Nathan Bracken (16 wickets), McGrath showed his class as he did not let line-ups get away. McGrath teamed up well with left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg (21 wickets).
This was probably the most dominant Australian one-day international side ever. With the likes of Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke at their best, there was no way Australia would lag behind in the title race.
In the end, a Gilchrist special landed Australia the ICC Cricket World Cup yet again. McGrath bowed out on a high, thus scripting the best possible finish to any international career.
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