They did but McGrath and Australia absorbed the pressure and counter-punched brilliantly to win a gripping four-Test series 2-1.
It was the home side's first Test series defeat for 15 years and Australia have been the dominant side in world cricket since.
McGrath, now 37, was distinctly sharp in his youth but never possessed express pace. He can move the ball in the air but not in the fashion of a Ray Lindwall or Dennis Lillee.
Yet he deserves his ranking alongside his great Australian predecessors because of his unvarying consistency and the rugged durability of the boy from the outback who lived in a caravan on a Sydney beach while he strove to break into the big time.
Image: McGrath appeals for a wicket during the fourth Test against West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica, May 3, 1995
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