Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Legends Warne & McGrath set to Retire

We have crossed a half century of posts in such a short time kudos to team but I have a sad story to celebrate the event.

Whole cricket world leaving Australia will rejoice when in a few days Shane Warne will announce his retirement from the Test Cricket . Warne is expected to hold a press conference tommorrow to announce his retirement from the test cricket in which he is very near to 700 wicket mark. Another great bowler Glen McGrath is expected to follow soon and announce his retreat later.

The whole would see the players together for the the last time in the fifth Ashes Test against England at Sydney Cricket Ground. A side effect may be some of Australia's other veterans will prolong their careers. They'll all be acutely aware of the Chappell-Lillee-Marsh effect - when three greats simultaneously left the game to devastating effect on Australian cricket. Hayden, Langer and Gilchrist are the other veterans in line for retirement.

Warne will be the most difficult player to replace though we have McGill to replace him but warne is class apart. The key in tests is to take 20 wickets and both Warne and Glen possessed that capability and led aussies to many memorable victories and made the team the world champions, I am not playing down the efforts of other great players in the side, but still , combined loss of McGrath the third-leading Test wicket taker in history with Warne's departure would represent the end of a golden era for Australian cricket. Warne is expected to accept a position on the Nine television commentary team after the Sydney Test.

We will miss Glen's Head brandishing and warne's entertainment.

Cricket will be the duller without them.

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