Craig McDermott came into the limelight in 1985 as a 19 year old. In 6 Tests, he took 30 wickets but further he had a start-stop career that was ravaged by injuries. He had a broken ankle and a twisted bowel.
However, he was very determined to prove himself and for some time became the leading wicket taker for Australia. He was a textbook outswing bowler and had a classic side-on action. His best statistics were against England. He played 17 Test matches against England and took 84 wickets. In 1990-91, while playing at Perth, he delivered his best performance. He claimed 8 wickets for 97 runs and due to his bowling England collapsed from a score of 191 for 2 to 244 all out.
Towards the end of his career, he was pestered by injuries again due to which he missed some section of the 1993 Ashes tour, the 1994-95 Caribbean tour and the World Cup in 1996.
Craig McDermott played in 138 ODIs in which he bowled 7461 deliveries, conceded 5018 runs and took 203 wickets. His bowling strike rate was 36.7, economy rate was 4.03 and bowling average was 24.71. He scored 432 runs with 37 as his highest score. His batting strike rate was 87.80 and batting average was 7.08. He struck 8 sixes and 36 boundaries and took 27 catches.