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McGrath has one more dig against England

Glenn McGrath has made almost as much a speciality of rubbishing the England cricket team as he has of taking their wickets during his long career.

cricket Updated: Apr 04, 2007, 18:18 IST

Glenn McGrath has made almost as much a speciality of rubbishing the England cricket team as he has of taking their wickets during his long career.

And ahead of what could be his final meeting with the 'Poms', in Sunday's World Cup Super Eights clash, the Australia fast bowler was at it again.

"The way England have been playing and the way we have been playing, we should win this game pretty well," McGrath said on Tuesday.

Reigning champions Australia, unbeaten in the World Cup so far, have been in commanding form since coming to the Caribbean.

England, shock 2-0 winners in the CB series final over the Aussies in February, have, by contrast, been unimpressive.

They have lost to the only Test side they've played so far, New Zealand and, come this weekend, their World Cup campaign could be on the line if they lose to 1996 champions Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

This is the 37-year-old McGrath's final tournament before retirement.

Test cricket's most successful fast bowler bowed out of the five-day game by taking a wicket last ball on his Sydney home ground as Australia completed a 5-0 Ashes series thrashing of England earlier this year.

But he admitted he was surprised by the way England then recovered in the one-dayers.

"They played well to finish off the summer in Australia, we probably let our guard down a bit," said McGrath, who in 32 one-dayers against England has taken 50 wickets at just over 23 apiece.

"To be honest, no team has really got close to us," said McGrath.

Only occasionally has McGrath had to eat his words when it comes to his clashes with England, notably two years ago when he predicted an Australia clean sweep of the Ashes only for England to win the 2005 series 2-1 instead.

"I have always enjoyed playing England. Potentially, it could be the last time I come up against these guys before I hang the boots up so it would be nice to finish on a good note."

McGrath has shown no sign of winding down as he bids for a third straight World Cup winners' medal after starring in Australia's 1999 and 2003 triumphs.

In Saturday's 10-wicket rout of Bangladesh, he broke Wasim Akram's record of 55 World Cup wickets during a typically miserly spell of three for 16.

But McGrath, who has cited a desire to spend more time with his young family and wife Jane, who has suffered several bouts of cancer, as the reasons behind his retirement, said deciding to call it a day was about more than cricket.

"For me, I could keep playing, the body's feeling great," McGrath, bidding for a fourth straight appearance in the final after losing to Sri Lanka 11 years ago, added.

"I've still got that competitive edge when I'm out there but it's everything else that goes with it and that's the reason I retired.

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