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'It was my idea', says McGrath on being first-change bowler

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Sydney, Oct 26 (UNI) Glenn McGrath has revealed that he volunteered to become the first-change bowler for Australia in the Champions Trophy to pave way for Nathan Bracken but the veteran pacer promised to be back as the spearhead of Aussie attack during the Ashes next month.

''It was my idea,'' McGrath told the 'Courier Mail'.

''I'm happy with it,'' he added.

Coach John Buchanan, meanwhile, said the move has helped the Australians in achieving ''more flexibility'' and confirmed that McGrath will be back as the opening bowler during the Ashes.

''I can only hand that one back to the selectors but I wouldn't have thought it would change their thinking on his role in Test cricket,'' Buchanan said.

''One-day cricket and what we're doing there is slightly different to the Test match arena, because we're actually working out how to play our power plays a bit better than we have in the past.'' ''So by utilising Glenn in that way it gives us more flexibility, but I think the Test match arena is different to that,'' he added.

Buchanan admitted that the veteran bowler will need time to get back to his best after being out of action for considerable time but asserted that McGrath will be in top form when the Ashes get underway.

''The important thing with Glenn is there are minor things in his technique which he's adjusting, but the main thing is that he's actually out playing and gaining confidence,'' Buchanan said.

''That's the thing that we need to take into an Ashes series and that's what he's gradually building on here. He's acknowledged the fact that he's probably not quite where he would like to be,'' he added.

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