Oz leg-spinner McGain could debut in Cape Town, but he is not sure

March 16th, 2009 - 1:28 pm ICT by ANI  

Cape Town (South Africa), Mar.16 (ANI): Victorian leg spinner Bryce McGain could make his Test match debut in South Africa in Cape Town on Thursday.
The Newlands pitch is traditionally flat and turns, the series is in the bag and there is talk the side needs to see how McGain bowls before the Ashes.
However, McGain, who turns 37 next week, is not confident about finding a place in the side.
“I think with a winning team at the moment and clinching a series win (it is not likely)” McGain said.
“The balance of the side is important and at the moment the balance is good because they”re winning. It’’s going to be hard to change that. But I”ll be ready to fire when needed,” the Herald Sun quoted him, as saying.
McGain, who was set to play in India but broke down, hopes to make his debut in England during the Ashes.
“I hope to play for Australia for some time, so I guess that’’s the next tour. Making sure that my form is up and I”m in the best shape I can be, I”m hoping I can continue on,” McGain said.
“It’’s fantastic to be involved. There are a lot of worse things to be doing than being 12th man for Australia. I”ve really loved it. Of course I”d love to be playing. That’’s what we all want to do and play our role on the field. But if my role at the moment is running drinks around, that’’s OK, I”m happy to do it at the moment.
McGain’’s chances took another blow with claims Newlands will not turn as much as it has in the past.
“We don”t want the sub-continent conditions like with Pakistan and India,” head curator Evan Flint said in the local papers.
McGain has a carefree nature and seems to be enjoying the tour.
“It’’s definitely everything I thought it would be,” he said.
McGain recently gave up his job in a bank to become a full-time player.
The downside of being on tour is that he is not with his nine-year-old son Liam, who spends half his time with his dad.
“I obviously miss him a lot, hanging out and all those things,” he said.
“But with technology these days like Skype, we keep in touch pretty regularly. He loves that and he’’s chatting away. It gives me a good lift when I do it, so I do it as often as I can.” (ANI)

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