MacGill calls on Oz selectors to pick McGain

March 18th, 2009 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Bryce McGain

Sydney, Mar.18 (ANI): Former Australian leg spinner Stuart MacGill has called on the selectors to include Victorian spinner Bryce McGain in the squad for the third Test against South Africa, claiming it’’s a mistake for Australia to be relying on part-time spinners at the expense of a specialist.
McGain, 37, is yet to play a Test but MacGill believes the Victorian’’s advanced years would ensure a successful debut.
Kingsmead, the venue for the third Test, starting tomorrow, offers the most spin-friendly conditions in South Africa.
“I am a massive fan of bowlers and cricketers who know their own game,” MacGill told the Herald last night.
“History is littered with talented guys who doubt themselves when they are put under the spotlight. That’’s the beauty of making your debut when you are a little older than most. I may have been desperate to play state cricket as a 20-year-old, but the fact that I had to wait until I was 26 before I got a regular game meant that I was prepared to put up with a bad day. Bryce McGain is in exactly the same boat. If we need a spinner who can consistently offer his best, and continue to do ”his thing” despite what the batsman is doing, then he is unquestionably the guy, he added.
Meanwhile, Adam Voges has conceded that he might never again be selected for his country after choosing to attend his wedding rather than play for Australia in their limited-overs tour of South Africa.
Voges, who was picked in the 16-man touring party, made plans with his fiancee Kristy more than a year ago to get married in Perth on April 5. (ANI)

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