Australian bowlers need to be consistent: McGrath

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 00:40

Melbourne: Former pace spearhead Glenn McGrath has showed complete faith on the new crop of Australian fast bowlers but said they need to improve their consistency to succeed in international cricket.

McGrath believes the likes of Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus can do the job for Australia but they need to bowl consistently well in partnerships.

“They’ve shown they can do it, (they) can perform well at international level,” said McGrath, who was at SCG to promote the McGrath Foundation’s fundraising for Breast Care Nurses across Australia.

“You want to be a little bit more consistent. That’s probably their goal to get that consistency there and bowl well in partnerships.

“They’ve proven in the past they can do it, I’ve got total faith in them that the boys they have chosen are the right ones and now it’s just a matter of getting out there and doing the business,” he added.

McGrath said it was funny how both England and Australian bowlers dominated each other in this Ashes series and hoped the Kangaroos will do well in the ongoing final Test.

“I’m not sure, it’s been a funny old summer with Australia dominating then England dominating, then Australia dominating,” he was quoted as saying in a newspaper.

“England have definitely been the more consistent side with their bowling plans. The way they’ve bowled in partnerships and batted as well. The challenge is up to our boys. If it follows the same pattern it has all summer then we should dominate this Test match, shouldn’t we?” he added.

Australia have failed to regain the Ashes urn after their poor show in the fourth Test and are currently playing the fifth and final match against England at Sydney.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 - 00:00

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