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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 October 2005, 08:02 GMT 09:02 UK
Peerless McGrath beats Walsh mark
McGRATH'S MILESTONE WICKETS
Shane Watson, Brett Lee and McGrath
1st: Mark Greatbatch (NZ)
100th: Robert Samuels (WI)
200th: Alec Stewart (Eng)
300th: Brian Lara (WI)
400th: Waqar Younis (Pak)
500th: Marcus T'cothick (Eng)
520th: Brian Lara (World)
Australia's Glenn McGrath became the most successful fast bowler in Test history on the second day of the ICC Super Series game against a World XI.

He equalled Courtney Walsh's total of 519 Test victims by having Rahul Dravid caught behind and then went past it by trapping Brian Lara lbw.

Only Shane Warne (626) and Muttiah Muralitharan (565), both spinners, have taken more Test wickets.

McGrath said: "Without doubt my next goal is to reach 600 Test wickets."

The 35-year-old was delighted to surpass Walsh's record adding: "It is a big honour because Courtney was a cricketer that I looked up to and admired.

"He was a freak of a player who competed for 21 years straight without hardly taking a break."

But he does not believe he will get near Warne or Muralitharan's totals.

McGrath has played in 113 Test matches since his debut in November 1993 against New Zealand as a replacement for Merv Hughes and his wickets have cost just 21.28 runs each.

Among bowlers who have more than 200 Test victims, McGrath's average is only bettered by former West Indies pacemen Malcolm Marshall (20.94), Joel Garner (20.97) and Curtly Ambrose (20.99).

McGrath is not the quickest bowler in the game but his unerring accuracy and ability to move the ball both ways off the pitch has made him the most dangerous seamer of his generation.

In a 2002 interview, he revealed a simple approach to the art of bowling.

"Ninety nine times out of a hundred I'll aim at the top of off stump, but that doesn't mean I won't try something different.

"To me, the most important thing is to back myself the whole way," he said.

Despite his advancing years, McGrath remains the spearhead of Australia's attack and took 19 wickets in three Ashes Tests this summer and was Man of the Match at Lord's.

He missed the other two games because of injuries as Australia lost the series 2-1.




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