Warne, MacGill renew old rivalry during Big Bash League

Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 13:01 PM IST

Melbourne: The main attraction for Tuesday night’s Big Bash League clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground will be the rekindling of a rivalry between two champion leg spinners, Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill.

The real excitement will be generated by the outcome of who wins the showdown between the Melbourne Stars’ Warne and Sydney Sixers MacGill.

MacGill lived in Warne’s shadow for most of his career but still took 208 Test wickets.

“Everything new is always exciting and that’s what this competition is about,” Shane Warne told reporters on Monday.

MacGill has so far outshone Warne in this year’s Big Bash tournament, taking 2-21 against Brisbane in his first match.

Warne went wicket-less in his first game, but wowed the television audience last week when he talked them through his plan to dismiss Brisbane’s Brendon McCullum - and did it next ball.

“I didn’t realise that I missed it so much. I’m really enjoying making batsmen feel small,” MacGill told reporters.

Both teams have 1-1 records and will be desperate to secure victory to keep pace with competition leaders Hobart Hurricanes and the Sydney Thunder.

“I don’t know if it’s a one-on-one battle (between myself and MacGill). I think at the moment both sides are trying to get some form up,” Warne said.