Australia legend Glenn McGrath names the best fast bowler in the world

Australia legend Glenn McGrath has hailed Pat Cummins as the ‘most complete fast bowler in the world’.

Cummins has taken 143 wickets at an average of less than 22 in 30 Test matches for Australia, starring in his team’s Ashes defence in England last summer.

The 26-year-old has taken a further 141 wickets in one-day cricket, helping Australia reach the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup.

In a Q&A with ESPNcricinfo, McGrath was asked to name the outstanding fast bowler in the world and said his compatriot Cummins is currently unsurpassed.

‘Pat Cummins. I like the way he goes about it,’ McGrath said.

While Cummins is on course to become one of Australia’s greatest bowlers, he still has a long way to go to reach the heights of McGrath.

In an extraordinary 14-year international career, McGrath took 563 wickets in 124 Tests and sits fifth in the list of all-time record wicket-takers.

Cummins took 29 wickets during last summer’s Ashes series and England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has described the Australia star as the best bowler he’s faced.

‘He is express pace, but also relentless with his accuracy,’ Buttler told Sky Sports. ‘That aggression and that skill level.

‘They were a relentless attack [Australia]. They came to England with a very clear plan for that whole series.

‘Josh Hazlewood, Cummins, Nathan Lyon – one of the best off-spinners in the world – get them all fit at the same time, they’re a serious team.’

Cummins was signed for £1.6million by Kolkata Knight Riders for this year’s Indian Premier League but the competition has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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