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The young guns will fire at India – Glenn McGrath

Zia Rana December 17, 2011

The legendary fast bowler of Australia, Glenn McGrath has shown his confidence in the young pacers of the country and predicted they will put the Indian batsmen in trouble throughout the forthcoming series.

Glenn McGrath

Glenn McGrath

The Kangaroos have a battery of young speedsters who are energetic and performing best as per their quality talent. The trio has shown their worth in the previous few months and will be lethal on the seaming wickets of Australia.

Pat Cummins is an 18-year-old right-arm fast bowler who has entered in the international cricket with a bang. He made his debut by appearing in the One Day International against South Africa on October 19, 2011, at Super Sport Park, Centurion and grabbed three wickets in the match which Australia won by 93 runs.

The youngster has played three ODIs, held five wickets at an average of 30.00 with the best of 3 for 28 runs.
The right arm fast bowler has played one Test against South Africa in November, 2011, clinched seven wickets in the match which Australia won by two wickets and he was declared ’Player of the match’.

The 21-year-old James Pattinson is a sensational right arm medium fast bowler who was unplayable by New Zealand in the recently concluded two Test series. He was declared ‘Player of the match’ in the first Test at Brisbane and ‘Player of the series’ after the conclusion of the second Test.

Pattinson has played two Tests and clinched 14 wickets at an excellent average of 14.00 with the best of 5 for 27 runs in an innings and 8 for 105 in a match. He has shown his instinct in the shorter versions of cricket by claiming three wickets each in both games.

Mitchell Starc is another 21-year-old youngster who is emerging fast on the cricket scenes, has picked up four wickets each in Test and ODI while appearing in just two games in both formats.

McGrath was convinced that all three spearheads of the Australian attack will be difficult to handle by the Indian batsmen. He quoted saying as, “You look at the young fast bowlers who are coming through – 18-year-old Cummins, Starc [21] and Pattinson [21] – they have all been very impressive. Pattinson and Cummins have done especially well.”

McGrath was an outstanding match winning bowler of the world who won quite a few matches for Australia by his individual performance. He played 124 Tests, accumulated 563 wickets at a premium average of 21.64, the best of 8 for 24 runs in an innings and 10 for 27 runs in a match.

The 41-year-old represented the national side in 248 ODIs, gathered 381 wickets averaging 22.02 with the best of 7 for 15 runs. His expert eyes foresee the bright future of Australian pace attack consisting of Cummins, Starc and Pattinson, all of them are ambitious bowlers and know where to deliver the ball and how to get the batsmen out. He said,
“I think they’re getting it right, they’re hitting the right areas and keeping the pressure on the batsmen.”

The Indian batsmen have performed well in the two day tour opener against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI but McGrath proclaimed thrilling performance from the fast bowling trio of the Kangaroos in the series.

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