McGrath no longer 'batting bunny'

Published on Nov 20, 2004 03:43 PM IST

After years of being ridiculed over his batting, Glenn McGrath finally proved his detractors wrong by scoring his maiden Test fifty.

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PTI | ByJulian Linden (Reuters), Brisbane

After years of being ridiculed over his batting, Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath finally proved his detractors wrong on Saturday by scoring his maiden Test fifty.

The lanky paceman brought up the milestone in his 102nd Test when he struck New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori for successive boundaries and he ended day three unbeaten on 54.

Beaming with pride, McGrath followed a ritual most observers thought he would never experience when he took off his helmet and raised his bat in triumph.

"That was better than getting a big wicket haul," McGrath chuckled. "It's been a long time coming."

The Australian dressing room also burst into celebration when McGrath reached the magical milestone, players hugging each other and slapping high-fives.

Michael Clarke, Australia's latest batting sensation, had scored 141 earlier in the day in his first Test on home soil but was more excited by McGrath's achievement.

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