Se­lec­tors de­cide there’s no room for Mag­illa

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

AUS­TRALIA’S se­lec­tors have shown their faith in the side’s in­cum­bent bowl­ing at­tack, over­look­ing leg-spin­ner Stu­art MacGill for a Syd­ney Test for the first time in seven years.

MacGill was not part of the squad named yes­ter­day for the fifth Ashes Test against Eng­land, se­lec­tors re­tain­ing the men who won the fourth Test at the MCG by an in­nings and 99 runs.

Fast bowler Mitchell John­son is again ex­pected to be 12th man.

MacGill played in the past seven Tests at the SCG and has a great record at the ground, av­er­ag­ing al­most seven wick­ets a Test there at an av­er­age of 24.47 runs com­pared to his over­all av­er­age of 27.21.

But the se­lec­tors felt the at­tack of pace­men Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Stu­art Clark, leg-spin­ner Shane Warne and fifth op- tion Andrew Sy­monds had been in­stru­men­tal in re­gain­ing the Ashes this sum­mer and saw no rea­son for a change.

Chair­man of se­lec­tors Andrew Hilditch said the panel had con­sid­ered draft­ing MacGill into the squad as a sec­ond spin­ner on a wicket that usu­ally turns, al­though show­ers are fore­cast for the first three days of the match.

‘‘Stu­art MacGill was care­fully con­sid­ered for that pos- ition and re­mains very much in the thoughts of the na­tional se­lec­tion panel,’’ Hilditch said.

‘‘How­ever, to in­clude two spe­cial­ist spin­ners in Syd­ney would have meant chang­ing the at­tack which has per­formed so well in the first four Ashes Tests.’’

The last time MacGill was over­looked for a Test at his home ground was when In­dia played there in the sum­mer of 1999-2000.

Stu­art MacGill

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