Sep 26 2011 By Jon Batham
WHEN Glen McGrath called Angus Fraser one of cricket’s ‘Great bores’ this week, he meant it as a compliment.
The great Australian quick bowler was at Lord’s for a Lords Taverners charity function, but took the time to congratulate Middlesex’s Director of Cricket on guiding his charges back to the top tier of the County
The two men were Ashes adversaries back in the 1990s and since then have been on opposite sides of a microphone during Fraser’s stint as a Fleet street hack.
However, McGrath revealed there was a healthy respect between him and his fellow pace-man, particularly now Fraser is back to a hands-on role in the game.
He said: “I know Gus well and have a lot of respect for him. He is a man in my mould – we both bored the hell out of batsman. Gus was always good value and it is good to see him back here and running the ship having left the dodgy media – the dark side if you like.”
Middlesex’s promotion owed a lot to its bowling unit, led by Tim Murtagh, who consistently took 20 wickets with the Tiflex ball used in Division Two of the Championship.
The step up will mean a return to the ‘Duke’ ball in the four-day game, but according to McGrath it should hold no fears for the Seaxes’ pace attack – quite the reverse in fact.
He added: “I’ve never heard of a Tiflex ball, but I love bowling with the Duke. It feels smaller in your hand, has a bigger seam than the Kookaburra and it goes good for reverse swing.
“In my Test career when I used the Kookaburra ball I took just over four wickets a game, but when I used the Duke it was just over six a Test.”