With his metronomic accuracy, Glenn McGrath petrified few of the greats of the game, though he was not the quickest. Many rate him as the greatest fast bowler in the 21st century and his records just speak volumes about his legacy.
Young fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who pretty much is following the footsteps of his idol McGrath, has received a huge compliment after he had completed his 100th Test wicket. In the match against Pakistan today, Hazlewood picked up his 100th wicket in his 25th Test for the Aussies.
Talking about Hazlewood post his remarkable achievement today, McGrath opined that Hazlewood might break his wickets tally of 563, which is the fourth highest of all time and the highest amongst the fast bowlers.
“The challenge is there. If he can get there and do that, I’d be one of the happiest guys for him,” McGrath said.
“Records are there to be chased down and be beaten and that (is a) little carrot to keep guys going. “To play 100-plus Tests and get 560-odd wickets like I took, if he can get there, then he’d have done pretty well.
“If he keeps up a good work ethic off the field … to keep strong, to keep fit. If he does that and stays very disciplined, who knows where he could get to?” he continued.
In just two years since his International debut, Hazlewood’s rise amongst the ranks is indeed astonishing. His height is one of those facets which helps him extract bounce even on the driest of tracks. Though he is not lightning quick with his pace, batsmen find it really very difficult to catch up his line and length.
Australia will next travel to India, where Hazlewood will face the challenge of his life. He will have to combat against an on-song Indian side led by Virat Kohli, who just annihilated a very strong England side 4-0.