McGrath keeps everyone guessing
‘‘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.