Doherty is not a Test bowler: MacGill

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PHOTO: K.R.Deepak
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Australia’s newly-appointed spin mentor Stuart MacGill has warned the team against bringing in Xavier Doherty for the second Test as he feels the left-arm tweaker is “not a Test bowler” and the move would boomerang on the visitors.

“Xavier Doherty is a great guy, but he is not a Test bowler,” MacGill told ‘The Daily Telegraph’. “ …in the past five years I would say he has been in Australia’s top three short-form spinners… but I don’t think Xavier brings that to Test cricket and his first-class record supports my argument,” he said.

Pair Lyon with Maxwell

Macgill said Nathan Lyon should be paired with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the second Test. “…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,” he said. MacGill defended Lyon despite the fact that he was expensive in the opening Test. “ …He was attacked ferociously, but the only reason that they (India) would do that is to try and mess with him,” MacGill said. “ …that means they think you’re a threat, ” he reasoned.PTI



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