Anthony McGrath

Country: England
Born: October 06, 1975, Bradford, Yorkshire
Height: 6ft 2in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Medium
Playing role: Allrounder

Anthony McGrath Bio

Anthony McGrath, born on June 5, 1975, is a former professional cricket player from England. Known for his elegant and disciplined batting style, McGrath was a key player for both Yorkshire and the England national team during his career.

McGrath burst onto the cricket scene in 1995 when he made his debut for Yorkshire at the age of 19. The young batsman quickly made a name for himself, impressing both fans and critics with his natural talent and technique. His outstanding performances earned him a place on the England A tour of Pakistan in 1996, under the captaincy of Nasser Hussain.

However, McGrath faced numerous challenges in his career, which led to a decline in his performance. In an effort to secure his place in the Yorkshire side, he began developing his skills as a swing bowler, in addition to his batting abilities. This versatility allowed him to contribute to the team in multiple ways.

In 2002, McGrath showcased his bowling prowess by finishing as Yorkshire’s top bowler in the Championship, with 18 wickets at an average of 27.66. Despite his success with the ball, he also proved his worth as a batsman, scoring 803 runs, including a career-best 165 in the highly competitive Roses match.

McGrath’s fortunes turned around in 2003 when he was appointed the captain of Yorkshire, a decision that raised a few eyebrows. However, his leadership abilities were soon recognized by the national selectors, who called him up to the England squad as an all-rounder. McGrath justified his selection with impressive performances, scoring back-to-back half-centuries against Zimbabwe and taking three wickets in the limited-overs format.

The highlight of McGrath’s career came in the summer of 2006 when he enjoyed a prolific season. He averaged an impressive 60.00, with his standout performance being a sensational unbeaten 148 in August. However, his relationship with Yorkshire turned sour in 2006 when he declined the captaincy and a three-year contract. Despite the discord, he eventually reached an agreement with the county and continued to represent Yorkshire.

In 2009, McGrath took on the role of captain but struggled to maintain his form, possibly due to the added pressures and responsibilities. However, he did manage to score a remarkable career-best 211 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston. His leadership stint ended in 2010 when Andrew Gale took over the captaincy, allowing McGrath to focus solely on his batting.

McGrath found redemption in 2010, bouncing back with outstanding performances. He accumulated 1,219 first-class runs, surpassing the thousand-run mark for the third time in his career. He also made significant contributions in the shorter formats of the game. Unfortunately, knee injuries and persistent sciatica caused setbacks in the next two seasons, ultimately leading to his retirement ahead of the 2013 season.

Despite his retirement, Anthony McGrath’s impact on English cricket cannot be understated. His elegant batting style, versatility as an all-rounder, and temporary captaincy of Yorkshire left a lasting impression. McGrath’s passion and dedication to the game and his ability to bounce back from adversity make him a respected figure in English cricket history.

Anthony McGrath Career Stats

Anthony McGrath Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 4 5 0 201 81 40.2 402 50 0 2 27 1 3 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 14 12 2 166 52 16.6 353 47.02 0 1 11 0 4 0
FC 257 429 30 14698 211 36.83 - - 35 70 - - 181 0
List A 296 272 41 7574 148 32.78 - - 7 45 - - 97 0
T20s 66 61 12 1403 73* 28.63 1226 114.43 0 8 109 34 26 0

Anthony McGrath Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 4 2 102 56 4 3/16 3/16 14 3.29 25.5 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 14 7 228 175 4 1/13 1/13 43.75 4.6 57 0 0 0
FC 257 - 9739 4779 134 5/39 - 35.66 2.94 72.6 - 1 0
List A 296 - 3233 2715 83 4/41 4/41 32.71 5.03 38.9 2 0 0
T20s 66 39 475 698 23 3/17 3/17 30.34 8.81 20.6 0 0 0

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