Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill on Tuesday said that even though Ravichandran Ashwin is India's premier spinner, Karn Sharma's inclusion in the playing XI for the first Test against Australia is justified.
Former Australian cricketers Stuart MacGill and Ashley Mallett, who have been appointed by Cricket Australia`s Centre of Excellence as coach and consultant respectively, are reportedly set to give a new direction to the country`s spin attack.
Former Australian spinner Stuart MacGill said that refugee player Fawad Ahmed should be selected in captain Michael Clarke`s Ashes squad if he is granted an Australian passport in time, adding that he is talented enough to face England in the series.
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.
Australia off spinner Nathan Lyon has claimed he is not fazed by critics’ negative views about him, and added that he enjoys the support of the dressing room including captain Michael Clarke and coach Mickey Arthur.
Australia captain Michael Clarke has defended Nathan Lyon after the off-spinner was subjected to a Twitter taunt from former Test leggie Stuart MacGill, who accused him of bowling too fast in the first Test match in Hobart against Sri Lanka.