Stuart MacGill chases runs for NSW against Victoria at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Saturday. The leg-spinner gra
Stuart MacGill chases runs for NSW against Victoria at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Saturday. The leg-spinner gra

Five-wicket MacGill hits out at selectors

By BRAD GREENSHIELDS

ANOTHER five-wicket haul in a domestic one-day match has allowed Stuart MacGill an opportunity to once again talk up his chances of selection in the national one-day team.

The leg-spinner though has mellowed his stance on pushing his own barrow instead being happy to suggest that at least selectors should give some serious thought to selecting a specialist spinner when looking towards next year's World Cup.

"Playing on flat wickets in the Caribbean, they're going to have to pick a specialist spin bowler there's no doubt about that at all," he said.

"Regardless of whether I'm 1000th in line or in the top five, I think it's about time they started having a look at specialist spin bowlers for a part in the Australian one-day set-up."

MacGill's stance is justification for Shane Warne to think about making a comeback into the Australian one-day side for the World Cup but obviously MacGill is hoping that it's him that gets the call up for the tournament that decides the one-day champion of the world.

"As I've said a number of times over the years, I'm undoubtedly in the top five if I'm picking the team," he joked.

"Based on the fact that I don't have a one-day ranking for Australia I think the selectors have made their opinion pretty clear.

"I'd like to think I'm a chance with the changed rules regarding the super-sub, I noticed that Muralitharan bowled his 10 overs Friday night and then just sat and watched.

"As I said, if it's not me, it should be another specialist spin bowler and that's my message rather than pick me."

According to MacGill, what he and other specialist spinners like Warne have going against them in any bid for one-day selection is a formula for success that doesn't include them.

"I just think that there's one way to win a one-day competition as far as the Australian set-up is concerned and I don't think that they think as broadly as they possibly could," he added.

"I think you should cover as many bases as possible in your one-day squad and that could probably be done a little better at the moment."

Almost bowling the Blues to victory on Saturday with his spell of 5-4 off 17 balls, MacGill believes that he's showing that the formula of quick runs with a long batting list coupled with containment in the field isn't the only way to skin a cat.

"The upside of taking five wickets is that maybe once again I can make a point regarding one-day cricket and the fact there's more than way to win a one-day cricket game," the 34 year-old explained.

"The only way that we were going to win against Victoria was with wickets, it wasn't anything to do with economy rates or tight bowling and I guess that's just one suggestion to people that are shaping Australia's World Cup campaign.

"Pakistan's been one of the teams in world cricket that's been able to beat the formula based one-day sides over the last few years and that's because they go for runs and wickets."

And it's that same taking of wickets that MacGill has been doing for over a decade now.

"As far as one-day cricket is concerned I've sort of been up the top of the wicket taking list every season and that's all I've ever tried to do, just try and take wickets," the star leg-spinner said.

"My role in the NSW set-up has been just to take wickets and we've had a pretty successful one-day side over the last decade."

He looked to the performances of others around the world in the abbreviated form of the game to further prove his point about a specialist spinner being required.

"If you look at the best bowlers in one-day cricket over the last decade, they haven't been all-rounders, they've been specialist bowlers," he continued.

"That goes for the Australian team as well and if you have a look at the corresponding run-rates for those bowlers, they're not three's and that's the facts."

Despite the constant rejection by the national selectors, MacGill still has not given up hope of being a chance to play in the World Cup.

"I would like to think that as long as I'm playing for NSW I am," he finished.



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