Martin McCague

Martin McCague

BatRight-handBowlRight-arm fast
Born-National Team Eligibility-
Years of Service1991-2002DebutKent 1991, Western Australia 1990, England 1993.
Nickname(s)-Capped1992
Local Club-Shirt Sponsor-

Other Teams

Western Australia, England XI, England A and England

Player Biography

Three tests for England 193-9. Kent Player of the Year 1996 when he demolished Hampshire at Canterbury with an unforgettable spell of 5-3 in 17 balls. Best bowling 8-86 Kent v Derbyshire at Derby, 1994 (Match figures of 15-147). Best Batting 72 Kent v Yorkshire at Canterbury, 2000. The rat who joined a sinking ship. That’s what the Australian newspapers called Martin McCague – who was born in Ulster and raised in Australia – when he made his debut for England against Australia at Trent Bridge in 1993. McCague became a bit of a watchword for incompetence, especially after his nervy horror-show at Brisbane in 1994-95, but it’s easy to forget just how well he bowled on his debut. He roughed up the Australian batsman – dismissing Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and David Boon, as well as taking a blinding catch to derail a rampant Mark Waugh – and changed the mood of the match, setting the tone for Graham Thorpe’s debut century in the second innings. In Wisden Cricket Monthly, David Frith wrote that, “So fired was up was he that his first overs must have ranked with the briskest of Tibby Cotter and Keith Miller at this historic venue.” In the same magazine, Bob Willis mused that “We will hear more of Mr McCague before this series is out.” Sadly, we didn’t: suffering from injury, he was spanked all round Headingley, and his next, and last, Test was that Brisbane shocker 18 months later, although he continued to terrorise county batsmen with Kent. And according to Steve Marsh’s autobiography, McCague consumed 72 pints of Guinness during his stag weekend in Dublin. David Boon, eat your heart out.