Hoffmann plans to follow in McGrath?s footsteps

Reports By AARON KELLY AS LONG as Glenn McGrath is still going strong, former Rockhampton cricketer Paul Hoffmann is confident he will lead Scotland at the 2007 World Cup.

Hoffman, 35, arrived home this week with his sights set on cricket's showpiece event, held in March 2007 in the West Indies.

"I'm the same age as McGrath, so as long as he keeps going I'll be there,'' Hoffmann said.

The opening fast bowler steered Scotland into the World Cup with a match-winning performance in the final of this year's ICC Trophy against Ireland.

Hoffmann smashed 23 runs off 14 balls and claimed 2/47 (10 overs) in the 47-run victory.

He also finished as the competition's leading wicket-taker, snaring 31 victims.

Hoffmann and his Scotland team-mates are now preparing to face the toughest of opening games at the World Cup ? defending champions Australia.

South Africa and Holland are also in their pool.

"You couldn't script it, playing against Australia in the World Cup,'' Hoffmann said.

"Playing grade cricket in Rockhampton in the mid '90s', it never crossed my mind ? especially playing for Scotland.''

After their one-day tour match was washed-out during the recent Ashes tour ? where England is still partying and cricket is taking over football ? the Saltires are looking forward to their showdown with Australia.

However, Hoffmann, who occasionally opens the batting for Scotland, said he was not keen on "teeing off'' against Brett Lee.



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