Tahila McGrath is an Australian cricketer who is known for being picked up by UP Warriorz for Rs. 1.40 crore for the World Premier League 2023. She is a right-hand batsman and a right-arm medium bowler.
Tahlia May McGrath was born on Friday, 10 November 1995 (age 27 years; as of 2022) in Adelaide, South Australia. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio. She attended Flinders University in Australia.
Height (approx.): 5′ 9″
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
Tahlia’s father’s name is Barry McGrath and her mother’s name is Linda McGrath.
Her brother’s name is Josh McGrath and her sister’s name is Kayla McGrath.
Tahlia is in a relationship with Cameron Nesbitt.
In November 2018, she played the 2018–19 Women’s Big Bash League season for the Adelaide Strikers’ squad. In the 2021- 2022 season, she was the captain of the team in the Women’s Big Bash League.
In April 2022, she was bought by the Southern Brave team for the 2022 season of The Hundred in England.
At the beginning of 2017, she was named to the Australian squad for the Women’s Cricket World Cup but was not chosen for the playing squad. Later in 2017, she was selected for Australia’s squad for the World Cup match against England’s squad Women’s Ashes. She was chosen for the WODI and the Test format.
On 26 October 2017, she took her first international wicket in the match between Australia and England in the second WODI. On 9 November 2017, she made her Test debut for Australia Women against England Women in The Women’s Ashes Series. In April 2019, she signed a contract with the National Performance Squad from Cricket Australia for the 2019-20 season. As a part of the squad, she received a lot of experience by travelling to different countries with the ‘A’ team even when she was not in the playing squad. In April 2020, she signed a central contract with Cricket Australia for the 2020–21 season. In August 2021, she was named to the Australian squad for a one-off day or night Test match in a series against India. On September 2021, she gave a great performance in the first three WODI of the series at Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay, Queensland. In the series, she did not get a chance to bat. On 24 September 2021, she bowled and claimed 3-45, and scored 74 runs off 77 balls with Beth Mooney which led Australia to reach the top position. On 7 October 2021, she made her Women’s Twenty20 International (WT20I) debut for Australia against India. In January 2022, she played for the Australian squad against England’s squad Women’s Ashes. In the WT20I fixture series, she took three wickets and scored more than 75 runs and became the first Australian all-rounder to do so. She gained the figure 3-26 and scored 91 runs off 49 balls. She score 225 runs and took 11 wickets against Women’s Ashes and became the Player of the series. In January 2022, she joined the Australian squad for the 2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand. In May 2022, she played a cricket tournament at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England for the Australian team.
In 2022, she played the final T20I match against India in Mumbai and was the captain of the team after Australia’s interim captain Alyssa Healy got injured. In 2023, she scored 57 runs and took six wickets in the Women’s T20 World Cup in Gqeberha and reached the semi-finals. On 27 February, they won the trophy.
World Premiere League
In 2023, UP Warriorz bought her for Rs. 1.40 crore for the World Premier League.
In 2022, she attracted controversy when she was not stopped from playing the match against India in Common Wealth Games even when she was found Covid positive. Many people criticised the decision of CWG and said that if her playing in the tournament was fair, then it was wrong for tennis player Novak Djokovic, who was stopped to play in the Australia Open when he landed in Australia. The people in Australia considered him a safety hazard because he was not unvaccinated.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- 2022: Gold medal in a cricket tournament at Commonwealth Games 2022
- 2022: ICC Player of the month award for winning a gold medal in the Birmingham Commonwealth Games
- 2023: Women’s T20I Player of the Year at Australia Cricket Awards Night 2023
- 2011/12-present: South Australia
- 2015/16-present: Adelaide Strikers
- 2022–present: Southern Brave
- 2023–present: UP Warriorz
- Video game: Crash Bandicoot
- Basketball player: LeBron James
- She is known by the name T-Mac by her teammates.
- Her jersey number is # 32 (Australia).
- She was trained by Luke Williams.
- Her hobbies include surfing and travelling.
- In August 2022, she tested Covid positive and played a cricket tournament in the Common Wealth Games against India. She scored 2 runs in the match and bowled two overs giving 24 runs. The toss in the match was delayed because the news about Tahlia was told a few minutes before. After the news came out, Indian skipper Harmanpreet Kaur got worried about her teammates. In an interview, she said,
There was no time to react since the Indian team only found out about it at the toss. Obviously there was concern but it is the decision of the authorities. We were OK because she (McGrath) wasn’t very ill, so we just decided to play. We had to show the sportsman’s spirit. We’re happy that we didn’t say no to Tahlia because that (missing the final) would have been very hard-hitting for her.”