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Australia v West Indies, third Test: Glenn McGrath feels for Josh Hazlewood because of constant comparisons

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Former Australian paceman Glenn McGrath says he feels sorry for Josh Hazlewood because of incessant comparisons between the pair. 

McGrath, the most successful Test fast bowler of all time, has nothing but praise for Hazlewood and is impressed by his development. But the constant comparisons between the current quick and the former in terms of appearance, bowling style and statistical measurements, have little appeal for McGrath.

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"I feel a little bit sorry for Josh being compared to me all the time," McGrath said. "He's definitely his own man and I've been really impressed with the way he's gone about things.

"He's tall, he's strong and bowls good areas, can build pressure, [has] good control [and] good consistency. I think he's got a huge career in front of him and I've liked what I've seen so far. He probably bowls a bit quicker and he's a bit stronger than what I was at the same age."

McGrath, dressed in a smart pink suit, was upbeat at the SCG on Tuesday despite the terrible weather that has severely hampered crowd numbers and the ability to raise money for Jane McGrath Day. It is the only time he can remember that it has rained in the eight years since the day was first started. 

"You can't do much about mother nature," McGrath said. "It potentially can have an affect with not as many people at the ground, or watching at home and listening because there's no play. 


"You'd prefer to have the cricket playing; more people here. Obviously we generate a bit of money from the ground. Our volunteers walk around and people have been so generous.

"I'm trying to think when we've had rain like this at a Sydney Test even when I played … I can't remember too many times. Especially in the last eight years, day three has always been pretty good."

In the wake of news the SCG Trust plans on making a bid for a second Sydney Test - in the form of a day-night fixture with a pink ball - McGrath expressed his delight at the idea, given the success of the recent experiment in Adelaide this summer.

"I'd be supportive of a day-night Test match each season. I thought Adelaide was a success in that respect," he said. "I don't think you would play a whole series of day-night Tests, but I think one [would be good] given how successful it was with people coming along. It was exciting cricket. I'd be a fan for one per season."