McGrath to be inducted into Hall of Fame
Glenn McGrath at the 2007 World Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Glenn McGrath will be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame on Monday night, alongside one of the few Australian bowlers with a better Test average than him.
McGrath's induction will be the latest in a long line of honours for the pace great, who became a member of the ICC Hall of Fame in December.
The 42-year-old was also named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1998, won the Allan Border Medal in 2000 and was named a member of the Order of Australia in 2008.
The tall, accurate and consistent quick's 563 wickets in a 14-year Test career, which ended in 2007, remains the most by any fast bowler and fourth-highest overall.
He also took 381 wickets in 250 one-day internationals.
"To be lucky enough to play for as long as I did in an amazing era and now to be inducted in the Hall of Fame is a huge honour," McGrath said.
"To be featured alongside some of my heroes growing up - guys like Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh and the Chappells - is pretty amazing too."
Of the Australian bowlers who have taken 100 wickets, only two - Charlie Turner and Alan Davidson - have a better Test average than McGrath (21.64).
Davidson is already a hall-of-famer while Turner, like McGrath a tall right-armer from country NSW, will be Monday night's other inductee.
Turner played 17 Tests, all against England between 1887 and 1895, taking 101 wickets at 16.53.
That included 6-15 on Test debut at the SCG in 1887 to help dismiss England for 45, which remains their lowest total against Australia.
He needed just six Tests to reach 50 Test wickets, still the record, and remains the only bowler to have taken 100 wickets in an Australian first-class season, having claimed 106 scalps in 1887-88.