Former Australia Test legspinner Stuart MacGill has expressed shock and dismay that the Australian selectors have chosen baseless potential over experience, in calling up the little-known Michael Beer for a spinner's slot in the upcoming Perth Test against England. MacGill feels that Beer who had played all of five first-class games doesn't fit the bill of such a high-profile job as Ashes' spinner.
"I am gobsmacked, shocked, I honestly cannot believe it," MacGill told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "The team will have to change again after the next Test. Good on Michael Beer, good bloke and good player, but look at this as a job interview and show me his qualifications to get this job. He doesn't have any. He is not qualified for the job they have given him. Sending him out there next week, what are they trying to do?"
MacGill, who played 44 Tests before his retirement in 2008, was particularly severe on comments made by Andrew Hilditch, the selection panel chairman.
"To be honest, from Andrew Hilditch's comments, he doesn't even really know who Michael Beer is. He said he'll bowl well in Perth because it's his home ground. I'm not sure Andrew thought those comments through before he made them. Look, Andrew Hilditch is a lovely bloke but someone needs to tell him Michael Beer has not spent his career playing at the WACA. Three games there and nothing better than a three-for. Honestly, there is no big picture here."
McGill's sharp comments comes after discarded left-arm orthodox Xavier Doherty claimed that he was axed as a result of the selectors panicking when it came to picking slow bowlers. MacGill also said he was astounded that Hauritz has been overlooked for the two completed Tests and the upcoming one, especially considering he has taken 63 wickets in 17 encounters as well having just added a century and a five-wicket haul to his domestic credentials.