Australia's McGrath takes steps toward return
Australia paceman Glenn McGrath will demonstrate his fitness in front of
selectors in Brisbane on Wednesday after six months away from competitive
McGrath last played
for Australia in a one-dayer against Sri Lanka in Perth at the end of
January before missing the tours of South Africa and Bangladesh to spend
time with his wife Jane, who is fighting cancer.
She gave her blessing
in June for him to return to action and the 36-year-old will bowl in front
of coach John Buchanan and bowling coach Troy Cooley at Cricket Australia's
Centre of Excellence to assess when he can return to the Australia setup.
"It will be a really
good opportunity for him just to get outdoors and have a bowl in front of a
few of the coaches and get a little bit of assessment of where he's at,"
"He says he's been
physically doing some good work (with New South Wales) so that's a good
"He hasn't played for
a little period of time so he's got some catching up to do there but all
signs are very good for his return."
McGrath, who has taken
542 wickets in 119 tests, has earmarked October's ICC Champions Trophy in
India as his return before his swansong against England in the Ashes
starting in Brisbane on Nov. 23.
He may also consider
playing in the domestic Pura Cup competition for New South Wales or even at
a triangular series with South Africa and Pakistan pencilled in for
"There's a whole range
of options for him," Buchanan said. "There's no exact science to say if you
do that then that will be the outcome but I think we'll get a program that
will have him ready for the first day of the first (Ashes) Test."