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MacGill's late Test bid set to fail

By Greg Buckle And Adam Cooper 26/10/2005 07:48:36 PM Comments (0)

Stuart MacGill led the NSW attack with 3-97 on Wednesday in a last-minute bid to keep his place in the Australian team to be announced on Thursday for next week's first Test against the West Indies at the Gabba.

But with curator Kevin Mitchell Jr tipping the wicket to suit seam bowling, an opinion echoed by chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns, it seems MacGill's chances of joining fellow leggie Shane Warne in Brisbane are slim.

Hohns, who watched NSW score 9-515 declared on Wednesday before seeing MacGill help reduce SA to 5-190 in reply, hinted the spinner may be squeezed out despite his stunning match figures of 9-82 in the Super Test against the World XI last week at the SCG.

"Well it could be (suitable to an extra seamer rather than a leg-spinner)," Hohns said.

"The forecast is we are expecting quite an amount of moisture in the next few weeks.

"It's pretty humid and overcast up there at the moment.

"I suppose we'll be looking at the general make-up of the side and just the conditions that might prevail in Brisbane.

Mitchell Jr said on Wednesday: "It should start off assisting the seam bowlers and then turn into a good batting wicket.

"It's a bit cloudy and unsure at the moment and if that continues then it might produce a seamer's wicket, he said.

"Both Warne and MacGill enjoy bowling here because they've got good records here and they like the extra bounce they can get."

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