McGrath and Turner dominated world cricket despite being born in different eras
Legendary Australia bowlers Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner, who represented the country more than a century apart, have both been inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, bringing the total number of inductees to 37.
McGrath’s nomination follows his long-time friend and team-mate Shane Warne, who was inducted last year.
Both McGrath and Warne retired from Test cricket during the Ashes series against arch-rivals England in the first week of 2007.
McGrath, who was also the inaugural winner of the Allan Border Medal in 2000, took 563 Test wickets at an unbelievable average of 21.64, while also picking up 381 ODI wickets at an average of 22.02.
Futhermore, the former pace bowler was inducted into the International Cricket Council (ICC) Hall of Fame in December last year.
“I’m very humbled but it’s a huge honour,” McGrath said. “I grew up in the country watching cricket and loving cricket from a young age and the thought of one day playing for Australia was such a dream.
“To achieve that, but then to be lucky enough to have played for as long as I did in an amazing era, and now to be inducted into the Hall of Fame is a huge honour. To be alongside some of my heroes growing up, guys like Dennis Lillee, Rod Marsh, the Chappells, there are some incredible names there. To think that my name is alongside those is pretty amazing.”
Just like McGrath, Turner, who was also known as ‘The Terror’, was Australia’s leading paceman during the late 1880s to early 1890s, and ended his international career, which spanned from 1887 to 1895, with 101 wickets in 17 Tests at an outstanding average of 16.53.
To this day, Turner remains tied in second place on the list for bowlers fastest to 100 Test wickets, with only England’s George Lohmann in front of him, having done it in 16 Tests.
Turner also had a spectacular first-class career with New South Wales, taking 993 wickets at an eye-popping average of 14.25.
“Glenn McGrath and Charlie Turner were each the outstanding Australian fast bowler of their era,” Australian Cricket Hall of Fame chairman David Crow said. “Despite careers more than a century apart, they had much in common. Tall, right-arm fast bowlers, both men hailed from country New South Wales. Their superb records demonstrate the dominance each had over opposition batsmen over a prolonged period.”
The Australian Cricket Hall of Fame was created in 1996 and 10 players were inducted that year, while 27 more have been added since then.
Hall of Fame inductees: Warwick Armstrong, Richie Benaud, John Blackham, Allan Border, Sir Donald Bradman, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Alan Davidson, George Giffen, Clarrie Grimmett, Neil Harvey, Lindsay Hassett, Ian Healy, Clem Hill, Bill Lawry, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Charles Macartney, Rod Marsh, Stan McCabe, Glenn McGrath, Graham McKenzie, Keith Miller, Arthur Morris, Monty Noble, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Ponsford, Bob Simpson, Fred Spofforth, Mark Taylor, Hugh Trumble, Victor Trumper, Charlie Turner, Doug Walters, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh, Bill Woodfull.