Line and Strength

Here, in their own words, the McGraths discuss their battles with the disease and Jane's tragic death. Line and Strength is the tell-all story of an Australian country boy who took on the world.

Line and Strength

From working the land in Narromine to winning cricket's World Cup three times, Glenn McGrath has always faced life with fierce determination and an unerring will to succeed, despite the odds. Now, following his retirement from international cricket, McGrath tells his complete story - on and off the field. The man known as 'Pigeon' won his baggy green cap in Perth in 1993 and went on to forge a brilliant career, eventually becoming cricket's most successful fast bowler with 563 Test wickets. McGrath entered Ashes folklore in 1997 when he destroyed England by taking 8 for 38 at Lords, and he even scored a Test half-century with the bat. With leg spinner Shane Warne, he formed the most devastating bowling combination in Test history. Glenn McGrath's most meaningful achievements, however, have been off the field. With his wife, Jane, he established the McGrath Foundation, a major funder for and supporter of breast cancer sufferers. Here, in their own words, the McGraths discuss their battles with the disease and Jane's tragic death. Line and Strength is the tell-all story of an Australian country boy who took on the world.

Glenn McGrath

This is the tell-all story of an Australian country-boy who took on the world, and cancer, and won.

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath is one of the most highly regarded fast-medium pace bowlers in cricketing history, and a leading contributor to Australia's domination of world cricket from the mid-1990s to 2007. He holds the world record for the highest number of Test wickets by a fast bowler. He announced his retirement and his Test career came to an end after the 5th Ashes test in Sydney, whilst the 2007 World Cup marked the end of his one-day career. McGrath was named One Day International Player of the Year and Wisden Cricketer of the Year on more than one occasion. He grew up in Narromine where his local captain thought so little of his bowling ability that he refused to give him a bowl. His potential was spotted by Doug Walters and he moved to Sydney, famously skinny and living in a caravan. McGrath capped his rapid rise in the next Australian summer with selection in the national side after playing only eight State matches. He relied on unerring accuracy in his bowling and the ability to make the ball seem a little off the pitch. In 2004, at the age of 34, McGrath took eight wickets for 24 runs against Pakistan in Perth, his best Test bowling figures and second-best ever by an Australian. In 2004 he became the first Australian fast bowler to play 100 Tests. In the first innings of the ICC Super Series Test match in 2005, McGrath passed Courtney Walsh to become the greatest wicket taker among fast bowlers in Test history]. Glenn McGrath's behaviour off the field is as admirable as on. His wife Jane has successfully fought a battle with breast and bone cancer. Jane and Glenn have raised substantial funds to provide cancer nurses around NSW and use their high profile to raise money for breast cancer charities. This is the tell-all story of an Australian country-boy who took on the world, and cancer, and won.

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For the Love of Cricket

Glenn McGrath was selected for his country after playing in only eight firstclass
matches. ... McGrath's metronomic line and length on or about the off stump, and
his ability to extract extra bounce from all but the flattest pitches, troubled ... Near
technically perfect, adept on any surface and with every shot in the book, he had
a hunger for runs that sapped the strength of bowling attacks around the world.

For the Love of Cricket

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History of Pakistan Test Cricket

Glenn McGrath , the tall and athletic Australian , rose to heights of pace bowling ,
found the strength and vitality to ... Young Mohammad Akram impressed with his
line and length in his medium - pacers and grabbed five wickets for 138 runs .

History of Pakistan Test Cricket


The Bulletin

... the best technique in the England line - up , he also has the temperament to
complement his counterattacking outlook . The rest of the batsmen at Lord ' s
were cannon fodder for McGrath in the England is exposed once again first
innings and ... cause himself heartache off the English cricket fans : " Here lie
Glenn McGrath field but on it he is a constant headache to ... Lord ' s was The
great strength of this Kevin Pietersen , the man Australian side is their mental
whose technique most ...

The Bulletin


Outlook

I have chance to turn to Lara when the going got tough . always admired his
strength of character , and would rec It ' s ... Many point In a more or less similar
vein , Glenn McGrath has quietly to his arrogance , but most great players display
a ... He ' s one of the best natural talents I have seen , He ' s certainly the best line
bowler in modern cricket since and was the calming influence on his excitable
team .

Outlook


India Today

Line tracks that start to slow down and bite ment " for batsmen . ... Red - haired
master of mini- bowling , but also with his mindset malism Glenn and his body
language . Pollock will only smile . “ Make sure McGrath Like Harbhajan “
Turbanator ' they don't get 10 runs . ... key at the end , every bowler keep a
batsman guessing . will say , is to stick to one's core Bond has arrived at his own
needstrength .

India Today


Watto

... it was in September 2007 and I was talking to Cricket Australia's medical team
after the latest in a long line of injuries. Give up bowling? I had worked so hard on
my bowling—my technique, my strength and my fitness—and my place in the
Australian team was as an ... My hero and mentor, Glenn McGrath, was named
Player of the Tournament and announced his retirement from international cricket
.

Watto

Australia's most consistent cricketer and new vice captain is incredibly forthright in a mid-career biography chock full of surprises. "There's nothing more we can do for you. Maybe it's time you gave up bowling. Concentrate on your batting." September 2007For Shane Watson, this was a body blow, even more devastating than the injuries that had stalled his promising career. It felt like the end of his boyhood dreams of being Australia's number one all-rounder. He was shattered. He might never wear the Baggy Green again, even as a batsman. With so many talented young players available, he was lo.

India today international

... turned but to the Australian batting line - up , the square , but have instead
demanded bowling of Harbhajan Singh has con accuracy ... a man who has
changed the and reputations as luminous as that of course of many Test matches
for India Glenn McGrath and Shane ... Kumble , his magic in his fingers and the
strength of arm in a sling . would stand watching . his mind : “ Baba ne wicket dila
diya . as ...

India today international


Fighting Blind

. . Fighting Blind is a must-read.' Glenn McGrath.

Fighting Blind

Heroism is found in many forms and sometimes in the most unlikely places Australian Shane Horsburgh spent years immersed in the chaotic, adrenaline-fuelled world of high-risk policing and counterterrorism - but when the thrill wore off, he quit his job and flew into Baghdad to work for the US Department of Defense, training commandos for the post-Saddam Iraqi police force. Life in Iraq is surreal, violent and unpredictable - and the enemy is almost impossible to pick. Shane must endure intense physical and mental stress brought on by rogue insurgents, mortar attacks, roadside bombs and fifty-degree heat, doing his best to survive while staying focused on the job. Then he meets an elderly Iraqi man, known as the Professor, in a brief encounter that changes his life . . . 'aeThis is a great read for all blokes, and women too who want to understand us guys a little more . . . Fighting Blind is a must-read.' Glenn McGrath.

Drum

... depend on how well their caparound a four - man attack usually tain and
management cope with the made up of Glenn McGrath ... The allBut they lack an
all - rounder of the rounder strength proquality of Jacques Kallis or Shaun vides
SA with batting ... O TOUCHLINE IC - DISPLAY They're not famous yet but the
World.

Drum


Parliamentary Debates Hansard

I say without any apology or qualifica- bly line in Warton in the north of England , I
tion that I think it is the solemn responsibility announced ... performance a better
understanding of each other than Ausby Glenn McGrath and , all the sort of
carping tralia and the United Kingdom . ... Australia was prepared to play her part
in of the growing strength and relevance of the tackling greenhouse gas
emissions .

Parliamentary Debates  Hansard


Financial Mail

It helped that Glenn McGrath man - made sonar system . ... This weakness
making up 25 % of all mammal rather too desperate for the in- turns to a strength
when the of Southern Africa ... Line and length were tendance at provincial
games .

Financial Mail


Herschelle

Glenn McGrath ( Australia ) : He's not the quickest in the world but he is so
accurate . He has a good action and ... I try to pick it up by the line the ball starts
on . Gibbs also has a healthy ... He epitomises mental strength . Whether or not
Gibbs ...

Herschelle

Herschelle Gibbs is a man who lives life to the full, both on and off the cricket pitch, and has featured as much on the front pages of South Africa's newspapers as he has on the back.

The Herald

... something we have already done for the ODI team . front - line bowlers Shabbir
Ahmed and Umar Gul have been out of action with injury ... to overcome the odds
and score runs when faced with the unyielding accuracy and discipline of Glenn
McGrath and Jason Gillespie . Or why Kaneria was able to take more wickets
than Shane Warne and what led Kamal to demonstrate the mental strength that
our ...

The Herald


Rashtriya Sahara

ANALYSING THE BATSMEN he batting line up is MARK WAUGH strong and is
led by the Matches Runs 100s Average classy ... The bowling is spearheaded by
the consistent Glenn McGrath and is backed up by one of the fastest bowlers in
world cricket today ... All in all , the attack has given the strength of the opposition
.

Rashtriya Sahara


Mutual Fund Sourcebook

... COLA 5280 1.19 120000 130000 CORNING 4843 1.09 HISTORY 0 40000 US
SURGICAL 4420 1.00 30 TOP LINE 170000 ... BHA GROUP CLB 3563 0.80
Relative Strength 10 60000 110000 WELLFLEET COMMUNICATIONS 3520 0.79
0 110000 GTE 3451 0.78 ... Townsend ( 1990 ) 144 Glenn Curtiss Boulevard
None Dreyfus BA , Manhattanville Coll . ... of the Central Park Conservancy ,
LEGAL COUNSEL Reavis & McGrath after serving as senior vice president and
marketing ...

Mutual Fund Sourcebook


The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces

The 9tb Regiment , company bas not been in camp for two years , a school for to
its present strength . ... T. H. McGrath , A. I. G. , from May 5 to 7 : Tbe salute would
bave been 42 guos , taking two THE regiment paraded at its armory on Monday
eveniog , -Present ... Line was promptly formed , and Adjt . Murphy turned the
battalion over to Lieut . ... James D. Glenn , Adjut . oob papies as follows : of
cautiooidx his company to stand fast , at the second com ant - General , sbows
tbe total ...

The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces