Former pace bowling great has his say on the current generation.
Arguably the best fast bowler Australia has ever produced said he cannot remember seeing a better bowling attack in the national side.
Glenn McGrath said the current combination of Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle more than measure up to himself Brett Lee and others like Jason Gillespie, Andy Bichel when they were at their peak.
McGrath and Gillespie are statistically the most successful opening pairing all-time, just ahead of himself and Lee in third place.
“Looking at the way the bowling unit has gone about its business this series that’s probably as good as I have ever seen,” McGrath said at the SCG while promoting Sydney as the Pink Test in support of the McGrath Foundation.
“They have got good bowling plans, they are bowling well, they are executing their plans well and it’s working. There’s no weak link in the unit. It’s been as good as I have ever seen.”
When asked if the biggest difference between the Australia side of the English summer and now was the inclusion of Johnson, McGrath did not hold back.
“Without a doubt, you don’t see someone bowling up around 150ks and with that aggression and that hostility and that in your face attitude,” he said.
Australia’s Most Successful Opening Bowling Partnerships
Players Tests Wkts Avg
McGrath-Gillespie 45 376 23
Lindwall-Miller 33 243 24
McGrath-Lee 25 214 25
McKenzie-Hawke 18 151 27
Lillee-Thomson 16 148 27