McGrath keeps ev­ery­one guess­ing

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‘‘I’m just pre­par­ing for t h e s e n e x t t w o T e s t matches, then it’s the one­day se­ries and then I’ll take it from there.’’

Com­pli­cat­ing McGrath’s de­ci­sion is the fact Aus­tralia’s next Test af­ter the Ashes se­ries isn’t for an­other 11 months.

‘‘It is (a big break) and I wouldn’t mind a bit of an off-sea­son. It’ll be McGrath said.

‘‘I guess we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we, (whether I will play on).

‘‘How can I say it with­out say­ing one thing or the other?

‘‘I don’t look that far ahead. In pre­vi­ous years, I haven’t said I’m look­ing for­ward to the Test in eight months or 12 months so, for

good,’’ me, it’s just an­other day at the of­fice.

‘‘I’m head­ing down to Melbourne to­day, try­ing to get packed — the place looks a mess — that’s where I’m at at the mo­ment.

‘‘I’m still en­joy­ing it. I’m still lov­ing play­ing and I’ve still got a lot of cricket in me.’’

If he does carry on, McGrath said it wouldn’t be the same with­out Warne.

‘‘There’s only been 15, 20 Test matches, if that, that I haven’t played with Shane so it is like los­ing part of the fam­ily,’’ he said.

‘‘I re­mem­ber when Mark and Steve (Waugh) re­tired, it sort of does feel strange for a while.’’

Since de­but­ing against New Zealand in 1993, McGrath has taken 555 wick­ets at 2 1 . 6 5 i n a glo­ri­ous 122-match Test ca­reer.

Glenn McGrath

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