Brisbane: Australian leg spinner Stuart MacGill wants to be known as an entrenched Test bowler and not merely as Shane Warne’s “stuntman”.
The four-match Test series against India will shape MacGill’s future with Warne returning from a 12-month ban in February before the three-Test tour of Sri Lanka.
The 32-year-old MacGill is keenly looking forward to taking on the Indians for the first time and on Monday talked like a man who expected to be selected in Australia’s XI for the first Test at the Gabba, starting on Thursday.
His position is in question with left-arm quick Nathan Bracken’s good form and Brisbane’s pace-friendly reputation leaving the selectors to float the thought of a four-prong fast bowling attack.
“This series, whether I like it or not, is important in redefining me if you like,” MacGill said on Monday. “I’m either the replacement or I’m able to stand alone consistently. If I do well, or hold my own at least, against these guys I can be seriously considered as just another spin bowler rather than the stuntman.
“(Another) reason I want to do well is because they (India) are supposed to be the best players of spin in the world.”
MacGill has enjoyed a great career in his own right.
He has 133 Test wickets at an average of 26.3 and possesses a strike-rate comparable to the likes of Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath.
“I think my ability to take the ball away from the right-handed batsman might be important considering most of the Indians are right-handed batsmen,” he said. (AFP)