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McGrath wants to play in Champions Trophy


McgrathAustralian pace bowler Glenn McGrath intends not to heed the advice of his skipper Ricky Ponting and make his cricket comeback in the Champions Trophy one-day tournament in India in October, press reports said on Thursday.McGrath, the most successful Test fast bowler with 542 wickets, has not played a game of cricket since his wife Jane was re-diagnosed with cancer on February 3.

But the 36-year-old paceman wants to spearhead the attack as Australia seeks to regain cricket’s Ashes against England here next southern summer. McGrath missed Australia’s recent tours of South Africa and Bangladesh to be by her side but, with Jane making steady improvement, he is looking at his comeback options ahead of the Ashes series.

Ponting has urged McGrath to bypass the Champions Trophy and have a playing stint in English county cricket to enable him to have some long and repeated bowling spells and regain match fitness.

But McGrath does not agree with his captain and wants to play in India.

“Personally, I feel that it would be perfect for me to (play in the Champions Trophy) and have a couple of games in the Pura Cup (domestic competition),” .
Source:The News

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