McGrath breaks record as Australia thrash Bangladesh

ST JOHN’S, Antigua, March 31, 2007 (AFP) – Glenn McGrath became the most successful bowler in World Cup history as reigning champions Australia thrashed Bangladesh by 10 wickets at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium here Saturday. Bangladesh are back in action here Tuesday against New Zealand while Australia have a week’s break until they return for their next Super Eights match against England on Sunday, April 8.

In a Super Eights match reduced by a wet outfield to 22 overs per side, McGrath took three wickets for 16 runs in five overs to move two clear of Pakistan great Wasim Akram’s previous record of 55 World Cup wickets.

Chasing 105 for victory, after restricting Bangladesh to 104 for six, Australia finished on 106 without loss, victory achieved with more than eight overs to spare as they made it five wins out five in this World Cup.

Adam Gilchrist was 59 not out and Matthew Hayden, who finished the match with a six off Saqibal Hasan, 47 not out.

McGrath, 37, put himself in the record books when Aftab Ahmed failed to clear the tall Nathan Bracken at mid-off and was caught for 11.

The New South Wales seamer, who has appeared in the last three World Cup finals and will retire from cricket after this tour