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McGrath nervous about Twenty20 cameo


Nervous isn't a word one associates with Glenn McGrath, but the legendary paceman admits feeling a few butterflies as he prepares to make his swansong for NSW.

McGrath has logged almost 1,000 days of international cricket prior to his retirement from top flight competition after last year's World Cup.

The 37-year-old bowler will participate in the inaugural Indian Premier League competition starting in April.

However, he will have one final hitout for NSW on Tuesday.

Despite playing 124 Tests and 250 limited overs internationals and two Twenty20 internationals, McGrath admitted to feeling nervous about Tuesday's outing.

"I'm a bit nervous, probably more nervous than I've ever been preparing for a match," McGrath told the media at the SCG.

McGrath, who played in Australia's first two Twenty20 games, had no desire to bowl the longer spells demanded by Test and conventional one-day cricket.

"I've watched the Test match and the one-dayers and there's no desire to get out there and play (those) again," McGrath said.

"To me, four overs is the maximum I want to play in a game of cricket these days, so I'm really looking forward to the challenge of both tomorrow night and in India."

McGrath described his state of fitness as "not too bad".

"I thought I'd be struggling a bit, I came in and had another bowl on the second day of the Test here in the (SCG) nets," McGrath said.

"I was surprised how good I felt and the ball came out pretty well, so we'll just see what happens tomorrow night."

McGrath was notorious for being a batting tail ender, but hoped to gain promotion in the order tomorrow night.

McGrath has never actually batted for NSW in any form of limited overs cricket.

"There's been talk that I'm moving up the order," McGrath said.

It will also be his first game at ANZ Stadium.

Asked if he could see international matches moved to that venue, McGrath said he was very much a traditionalist and would hate to see cricket not be at the SCG, which he rated as his favourite ground.

Both teams enter Tuesday's game desperate for a win with NSW on two points and Queensland one, trailing Tasmania six and Victoria and WA, both on four.

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