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McGrath 5th in all time great bowlers

McGrath, who was named Player of the Tournament, is one of only five players to have ever reached 900 rating points.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2007 12:06 IST

Glenn McGrath, who retired from international cricket after Australia's cricket World Cup win against Sri Lanka on Saturday, finished his career in fifth place in the all-time LG-ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers.

McGrath, who was named as Player of the Tournament after taking 26 wickets, is one of only five players to have ever reached 900 rating points, the mark of a true great.

The New South Wales bowler reached his highest rating of 903 points during the seven-match ODI series against South Africa in March 2002.

The only players ahead of him in the all-time list are fast bowlers Joel Garner of the West Indies, New Zealand's Richard Hadlee and South Africa's Shaun Pollock, along with Sri Lanka spin-wizard Muttiah Muralidaran.

McGrath's haul of wickets in the tournament that ended with Australia's record-breaking third successive triumph in the event, is the biggest haul in a single Cricket World Cup.

The 37-year-old paceman, who was a part of victorious teams in 1999, 2003, and the latest one in the Caribbean, as well as the 1996 tournament, where Australia lost in the final to Sri Lanka, finished with 71 wickets from 39 matches spread over the four events.

He was well clear of his nearest rival Wasim Akram of Pakistan, who captured 55 wickets in 38 matches.

In 250 ODIs, McGrath has taken 381 wickets at an average of just over 22 runs each.

The 37 year-old also finishes his career in fifth spot in the all-time LG ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, achieving his highest rating of 914 rating points during the Ashes series against England in 2001.

In the all-time list for Test bowlers, England's fast-medium genius Sydney Barnes, who played for England for 13 years from 1901, tops the table.

Barnes only played 27 Tests during his career but in that time he captured 189 wickets at an average of 16.43 and achieved the highest rating of any bowler in history when he reached 932 points in February 1914.

Barnes' predecessor in the England team George Lohmann is in second spot while Pakistan legend Imran Khan is in third position while Muralidaran lies fourth.

In 124 Tests, McGrath took 563 wickets at 21.64, with only his former team-mate Shane Warne (708) and Muralidaran (674) ahead of him in the success stakes.

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