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McGrath's hometown to erect bowler's statue

Former Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath's hometown Narromine has decided to honour the pace bowler by erecting a bronze statue at a local park.

cricket Updated: May 24, 2009 20:11 IST

Former Australia cricketer Glenn McGrath's hometown Narromine has decided to honour the pace bowler by erecting a bronze statue at a local park.

The Narromine Council has commissioned sculptor Brett Garling, who has a studio in the village of Wongarbon, near Dubbo, to create the statue which would be unveiled in Narromine's Tom Perry Park on June 6.

"The project is valued at more than USD 70,000 but (it) was able to get under way after I secured a commitment of $29,000. We also had a generous donation from the sculptor so no ratepayers' money will be spent," Narromine Mayor Dawn Collins was quoted as saying in the 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

McGrath, whose nickname is Pigeon, went to public and high schools in Narromine and played his early cricket there until he shifted to Sydney.

He retired from international cricket in April 2007 after being adjudged Man of the Tournament at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and playing a key role in 5-0 Ashes drubbing of England.