McGrath becomes the 68th male member of the Hall of Fame and joins fellow 2012-13 inductees West Indian Brian Lara and England’s Enid Bakewell in being recognised by the ICC and the living members of the Hall of Fame.
While Lara and Bakewell were inducted in September at the ICC Awards, McGrath will be inducted at his home ground, the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). A fourth and final inductee of 2012-13 will be announced next summer.
McGrath, who represented Australia in 124 Tests between 1993 and 2007 claiming 563 wickets at an average of 21.64, still has more Test wickets than any other seam bowler currently in the game or retired. He also represented Australia in 250 ODIs, claiming 381 wickets at an average of 22.02 and was part of the Australian side that won three successive World Cups (1999, 2003 and 2007).
‘I am honoured’
McGrath said of the induction: “I am honoured that the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame voting academy, which includes all the current living Hall of Famers, have nominated and voted me. I am very much looking forward to celebrating the occasion on 4 January with not only my friends and family, but all those at the SCG which is of course like a second home to me.”