Selectors decide there’s no room for Magilla
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.