MacGill in line to replace Warne
MacGill's international future looked uncertain when he was overlooked for the fifth Ashes Test at the spin-friendly SCG.india Updated: Jan 07, 2007 18:51 IST
Stuart MacGill is the stand-out choice to succeed Shane Warne in the Australian Test cricket team, chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch indicated on Sunday.
MacGill's international future looked uncertain when he was overlooked for the fifth Ashes Test at the spin-friendly Sydney Cricket Ground, with suggestions he could be overtaken by the young generation of Australian spinners.
The leg-spinner's volatile temperament, including the suspension served at the start of this season for a clash with an umpire in a club match, also appeared to have harmed his chances of adding to his 40 Tests.
MacGill will be nearly 37 and won't have played a Test for 19 months when Australia plays their next Test, against Sri Lanka in November. But Hilditch said Warne's long-time understudy deserved his shot.
"There is no doubt that it's going to be a difficult hole to fill because (Warne's) been so great over such a long time and has won so many Test matches for us," Hilditch said.
"We've been really lucky to have had MacGill. He has been a really good Test leg-spinner and he's going to come into contention at the start of the next series.
"If he's fit and bowling well, he is obviously the person to look for.