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'Doherty is not a Test bowler'

india Updated: Mar 02, 2013 01:02 IST
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Australia's newly-appointed spin mentor Stuart MacGill has warned the team against bringing in Xavier Doherty for the second Test as he feels the left-arm tweaker is "not a Test bowler" and the move would boomerang on the visitors.

"Xavier Doherty is a great guy, but he is not a Test bowler," MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 47 Tests, told The Daily Telegraph.

"I'm sure he is awesome for the team dynamic and in the past five years I would say he has been in Australia's top three short-form spinners. But I don't think Xavier brings that to Test cricket and his first-class record supports my argument," he said.

Macgill said Nathan Lyon should be paired with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, the only million-dollar buy of this year's IPL auction. "In India right now, we can pick Nathan Lyon and Glenn Maxwell. I wasn't convinced about Maxwell but after watching the one-day games in the UAE (last August), he thinks he belongs at this level, he is working his butt off, so let's give him a go."

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