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MacGill misses chance for Mumbai magic

By Michael Donaldson 03/11/2004 10:20:47 PM Comments (0)

Stuart MacGill feels like he should be in Mumbai filling in for the injured Shane Warne.

But he's not unhappy about it and believes he got some consolation in helping NSW teammate Dominic Thornely post his epic 261 not out against Western Australia at the SCG.

MacGill was controversially overlooked for the Indian tour and when Warne broke his thumb in the nets, the Victorian's usual deputy was not on hand.

National selectors then turned to Queensland off-spinner Nathan Hauritz, who is making his debut in the fourth Test.

MacGill, while feeling that he's missing out, is also excited for Hauritz.

"I definitely feel as if this a Test match I could be playing .. . had I been in the touring party I would probably have been playing this Test match but I'm not and I'm more than happy for Haurie (Hauritz) to be playing in Shane's spot," MacGill said.

"I think back to my first Test and I know he'll be jumping out of his skin and it's hard to begrudge him that experience."

While Hauritz prepared to fill Warne's enormous shoes, MacGill was batting alongside Thornely in a 10th wicket stand that netted 219 runs - the second best in Australian first-class history.

And by sticking around, MacGill allowed Thornely to set a record for the most sixes in an innings in Australia, with 11 shots sailing over the boundary.

"Watching a great innings like that one of Dom's is some consolation for not playing in India," MacGill added.

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