|Full name||Martin John McCague|
24 May 1969 |
Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
|Batting style||Right-hand bat|
|Bowling style||Right-arm fast|
|Test debut (cap 568)||1 July 1993 v Australia|
|Last Test||25 November 1994 v Australia|
|Domestic team information|
|Source: CricketArchive, 17 January 2013|
His development as a cricketer started in Australia, where he grew up. He played first-class cricket for Kent, who due to his Northern Ireland origins were allowed to field both him and an overseas player. His selection for England drew negative comments from some cricket commentators including John Woodcock in view of the fact that he had started his career in Australia. He bowled well on debut, taking 4 for 121 in the first innings of the 1993 Trent Bridge Test. He had considerable pace but lacked control. With his experience of first class cricket in Australia, his selection for that winter's Ashes tour was not as surprising as is sometimes suggested. In 1994 he took 15 for 147 in the championship match against Derbyshire. He continued to play county cricket for many years albeit intermittently. He played some Twenty20 cricket in 2005.
According to Steve Marsh's autobiography, Martin McCague consumed 72 pints of Guinness during a stag weekend in Dublin.
He has two children and now plays for Leeds and Broomfield CC.