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McGrath launches counterattack on critics

The Australian seamer Glenn McGrath says he would call it quits the day he feels he is no longer contributing to the team.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 12:06 IST

Australian seamer Glenn McGrath has hit back at criticism that he was on the decline and said he himself would call it quits the day he felt he was no longer contributing to the team.

An irked McGrath said he was not around on an "ego trip" and people who had criticised him in recent times should have a word with him before making any statement.

"It would have been nice if some of the people who publicly criticised me this week had sat down and had a chat with me before making their statements.

"I'm no different to anyone else in this summer's Ashes campaign. The fact is, if I felt I had had enough or that I was no longer contributing to the team, you wouldn't see me for dust," McGrath said in his write-up in the 'Herald'.

"I'm not going to be out to prove anyone wrong this summer, because that's never been my go. Throughout my career, I've had certain people knock me and publicly declare I'm on the decline as a bowler."

One of the highest wicket-takers in Test cricket, McGrath said he would not come in the way of promising bowlers by nurturing any undue ambitions.

"We have a lot of good young bowlers coming through in Australian cricket and the time will come when I won't be around or I will have to make way for someone like a Mitchell Johnson.

"I'm getting closer to the end of my career, but I still feel I have a lot to offer the team. I still feel I can contribute.

"Nobody is bigger than the team and I'm not hanging around for an ego trip."

First Published: Oct 29, 2006 19:15 IST