Doherty is 'not a Test bowler', says MacGill

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 11:17 [IST]
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Doherty is 'not a Test bowler': MacGill

Hyderabad, Mar 1: There are calls for the inclusion of Australia left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty for the second Test against India, but former legspinner and team's newly-appointed spin mentor Stuart MacGill feels Doherty "is not a Test bowler."

Australia were completely outplayed in the first Test in Chennai as they lost by eight wickets. The visitors' lead spinner Nathan Lyon was taken for plenty of runs. He conceded more than 200 runs in the first innings as Indian batsmen feasted on the offspinner's bowling.

Now, with the second Test set to start in Hyderabad on Saturday (March 2), MacGill has sent out a warning to the team management with regard to Doherty as they play to play two spinners.

"Xavier Doherty is a great guy, but he is not a Test bowler," MacGill was quoted as saying by "Herald Sun" newspaper on Friday.

"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. He is a fantastic short-form bowler, but I don't think Xavier brings that to Test cricket and his first-class record supports my argument," he added.

MacGill, who took 208 Test wickets, feels Glenn Maxwell should play.

"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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