I am still not bowling my best: McGrath

But the paceman asserts that his performance in first Ashes Test is enough to silence the critics.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 13:51 IST

Despite a six-wicket haul in the first innings of the ongoing Ashes opener against England, Glenn McGrath says he is yet to achieve his desired rhythm but asserts that the performance is enough to silence the critics, who were calling for his ouster before the series.

"It can be a fickle game. The thing is -- despite the six wickets -- I'm still not bowling exactly how I want to bowl. I'm still working at getting the feel right. It's not quite there yet, but it's not far away either," McGrath wrote in his column for the Sunday Telegraph.

"When I walked off, I had a bit of a joke about all the talk in regard to us being the 'Dad's Army' team. It wasn't aimed at anyone and not meant to offend," he added.

The 36-year-old medium-pacer said he never let the criticism about his age and form affect him and having a clear mind helped him remain focussed on his target.

"Everything said about me in the lead-up in regards to questioning my age and whether I'd be up for another summer has been said before. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But what other people say about me has never had any effect on me," he said.

McGrath dedicated his feat to wife Jane, who came to the stadium to make her first public appearance after recovering from cancer.

"To get six wickets after being out of the Test arena for the best part of a year is one thing. To do it with my wife Jane in the grandstand was another," he said.

"It was great that Jane was there and it was a big thing for her. It was virtually her first big appearance in public since everything that happened in the past year," he added.

First Published: Nov 27, 2006 13:29 IST