Cape Town - Former Australian great Glenn McGrath has expressed his regret after pictures emerged online of him posing with a variety of dead animals he had shot and killed during a hunting trip to Southern Africa.
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Christopher Rimmer, a South African-born, Melbourne-based photographer posted photos to his Facebook page of McGrath posing with an elephant, buffalo and two hyenas he had shot during a 2008 hunting trip.
Rimmer's photographs have unleashed a flurry of anger directed toward McGrath from animal rights activists and conservationists.
McGrath released a short statement via his Twitter account shortly thereafter, saying that the photographs date back to a 2008 hunting trip he undertook to Zimbabwe, and that he deeply regretted his actions now, adding that it was an "extremely difficult time in my life".
Meanwhile, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, McGrath's former team-mate Brett Lee has also been implicated in the scandal, after a photograph of the two, and two young boys, standing next to a dead antelope on the back of a bakkie came to light.
McGrath made his Test debut in November 1993, before announcing his retirement in January 2007. His took 563 Test wickets - currently the most by a fast bowler.
McGrath's first wife died in June 2008 from complications following cancer surgery.