Despite their inconsistencies in the Ashes series in which both were upstaged by teammate Stuart Clark, pacemen Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee arrived here confident of inflicting more pain on a “demoralised” England side after the pair’s achievements in second Test.
On paper, those feats look modest. McGrath took 2-122 in the whole match and Lee 3-174. McGrath has nine wickets for series at 25 ñ still second-best of all the bowlers behind Clark’s 11 at 17 - but Lee has only five wickets at 64.
But Australia’s new-ball combination left Adelaide with spirits high after finishing better than they had started. McGrath followed his five-wicket haul in Brisbane with his worst Test figures in first innings in Adelaide. His absence from attack for most of the last day was noticeable.
“I’m really looking forward to Perth. Some people have been writing me off for the last five years. I just worry about how I’m going and where I feel I’m at. I reckon I’m probably travelling at 99 percent of where I want to be,” he explained.
He is returning to the ground where he took career-best 8-24 to destroy Pakistan two years ago, months after he was written off after patchy Champions Trophy. He is hoping for more life in WACA Ground pitch. Curator Cameron Sutherland says that should be case, but McGrath said his strength had always been adjusting to “any type of wicket”.
He verbally taunted English saying they would have been demoralized by their Adelaide capitulation. “They’ll try to make out they’re not, but it has to have an effect,” he said. Lee was pleased with his adjustments in the second innings in Adelaide, which facilitated some dangerous late reverse swing. While reverse swing is rare at WACA Ground, he is hoping tips from big brother Shane in the second Test might also bear fruit here.
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