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Australia unveils squad for post Warne, McGrath era

Australia unveils squad for post Warne, McGrath era

Reality hit home in Australian cricket ranks Tuesday when Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath were missing from the list of 25 players awarded full national contracts.
Warne, the leading wicket taker in test cricket history, retired after Australia regained the Ashes from England.
McGrath finished his international career on the weekend by helping Australia win its third consecutive World Cup. He was the leading bowler in the World Cup in the Caribbean, setting records for most wickets at a single tournament and most career World Cup wickets.
Veteran batsmen Justin Langer and Damien Martyn also retired over the Australian summer, while New South Wales captain Simon Katich and former international paceman Michael Kasprowicz did not have their contracts renewed.
Of the six vacant spots filled for the 2007-08 season, most attention was on the replacement for legspinner Warne.
Cullen Bailey, 22, joined Dan Cullen, test veteran Stuart MacGill and World Cup star Brad Hogg among the contracted players viewed as a possible replacement for Warne.
Cameron White, an allrounder who bowls leg-spin, was also among the six new contracted players, along with allrounder James Hopes, batsmen Chris Rogers and Adam Voges and swing bowler Ben Hilfenhaus.
Jason Gillespie, who along with Kasprowicz has been on the outer since Australia lost the Ashes series in England in 2005, had his contract renewed in is among a strong group of fast bowlers.
Australia selector Andrew Hilditch said it would be a great challenge to replace the likes of McGrath and Warne, stalwarts of the national squad for more than a dozen years.
"This list of players still represents a very experienced group but also includes some exciting young talent that will ensure our reign as champions in both test and one-day cricket can continue," Hilditch said.
"The retirement of Shane Warne is a significant issue for Australian cricket," he conceded. "While he is obviously irreplaceable, we are pleased that we have experienced spinners in Stuart MacGill and Brad Hogg, who has just finished a highly


Updated : 2021-08-06 04:24 GMT+08:00