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Ju­lia Zemiro’s Home De­liv­ery Wed­nes­day, 8pm, ABC Back for a fourth sea­son, ac­tor, singer, writer and co­me­dian Ju­lia Zemiro is on the road chat­ting to a host of Aussies in her usual charm­ing, flirty way. So far she’s met jour­nal­ist Kerry O’Brien and co­me­dian Rebel Wil­son. Here she gets to­gether with cricket hero Glenn McGrath. They go back to Nar­romine in western NSW where McGrath grew up on a prop­erty, Lagoona, with his par­ents, brother and sis­ter. The pretty homestead is much smaller than he re­mem­bers, and over there is where he prac­tised bowl­ing against a 44gal­lon tin drum. Zemiro hands him a new ball and in­vites him to have a go. No ef­fort: he hits the drum. When McGrath played for the lo­cal un­der-16 team he was told “a broom­stick has more tal­ent”. Now there’s a statue of him in town — the Aus­tralian fast bowler who took the most Test wick­ets (563). Zemiro is good at ex­tract­ing fresh in­sights from fa­mous peo­ple. On a visit to his old school, McGrath says while he was an A-grade stu­dent, he was so shy he had a pho­bia about per­form­ing in pub­lic, in­clud­ing in the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony. It was one rea­son why he left in Year 10. He’s cer­tainly got over that now. McGrath, 46, is one of the most liked and ad­mired for­mer Test crick­eters, The re­main­ing seven episodes of this jolly se­ries in­clude chats with Stan Grant, Kerri-Anne Ken­ner­ley, Mi­randa Tapsell and Ge­of­frey Robert­son.

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