Andrew Hilditch, the Australia chairman of selectors, has hinted Glenn McGrath may miss the ICC Champions Trophy which begins mere weeks before the start of the Ashes.
McGrath, 36, missed Australiaâ€™s tours of South Africa and Bangladesh earlier this year owing to his wifeâ€™s battle with cancer. Janeâ€™s health has improved in recent months and, in May, McGrath hit back at the critics who said his career could be over when he said he had â€œbeen working on a number of things I believe will make me an even better bowler come the start of the Ashesâ€.
To have McGrath fit and ready for the Ashes, Hilditch believes he would be better off missing the one-day tournament in October. â€œWeâ€™re going to sit down with the coaching staff and map out Glennâ€™s fitness and how he needs to best get back into playing cricket again,â€ Hilditch told AAP.
â€œThat [the Indian series] will be something weâ€™ll talk through with Glenn and the Australian coaches and make sure Glennâ€™s program is exactly as he wants it and we need it to be so heâ€™s ready to play in the Ashes. â€œWe havenâ€™t really started that process yet. We will do that probably in the near future.â€
Following Englandâ€™s dispiriting performance in the recent Test series against Sri Lanka; their calamitous one-day series; the glut of injuries and the ruling out of Michael Vaughan from participating, the feeling is that Australia will be too dominant. However Hilditch said Australia would need to be at their very best to regain the Ashes.
â€œThe reality I think theyâ€™ll come ready to retain the Ashes and I think theyâ€™ll be a very strong side,â€ Hilditch said. â€œWeâ€™ll have to play at our very, very best to beat England. â€œWhatever theyâ€™ve been doing in the last few months and in the next few months, I think come Ashes time it is going to be all fairly irrelevant.â€
Source:The NewsMore on:Australia, Glenn McGrath
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