--%>
Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Cricket | International

Shane Warne © Action Images

MacGill backs Warne test return



Former Australian legspinner Stuart MacGill has backed a return to the test team for Shane Warne, saying he is good enough but needs to prove he has the stamina to cope with the five-day game.

A dearth of top-quality spinners has fuelled a campaign to bring back Warne, with the 43-year-old doing little to douse the speculation, recently saying he "absolutely no doubt" he could bowl successfully at test level again.

MacGill, who took 82 of his 208 test wickets playing alongside Warne, said he would pick him.

"I'd play him," he told Sydney's Sun-Herald.

"Should he be picked? If any selector said he shouldn't be picked, that it's not in the best interests of Australian cricket, I laugh at them.

"I'm interested in Australian cricket winning. Not in 10 or 15 years, but every day.

"The best way to win in 10 or 15 years is for it to be on the tail end of a huge streak. You pick your best team on any given day and if Shane Warne is available, then he's in it."

Earlier this month, Warne said that if Australian skipper Michael Clarke suggested his services were needed for the Ashes campaign against England next year, he would give it some serious thought.

Warne, regarded as one of the game's greatest players, quit tests in 2007 but is still playing in the domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League.

"The only question that needs to be asked is whether he can physically (perform) all day for a couple of days – but he would know that," MacGill said.

MacGill, who retired from international cricket in 2008 with 208 test wickets at an average of 29.02, added that was "disappointed" with the recent performances of current test spinner Nathan Lyon.

"Right from the start, he bowls too fast and too straight," he said.

"If I were Nathan Lyon at the moment, the No 1 thing I'd be looking at is getting my line right."

Shop

The Proteas
20 Years, 20 Landmark Matches by Neil Manthorp
R171.00
The extraordinary book of SA cricket
The Extraordinary Book of South African Cricket is the perfect gift for any cricket fanatic.
R140.00
Jackers - A Life in Cricket
Robin Jackman has been entertaining cricket followers for more than forty years
R169.00
Bouch
Through my eyes
R147.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



Neil Manthorp
The unimaginable passing of Hughes
History records that only two men in almost 150 years have died as a result of being hit on the...

Haze's Comment
Hazyview this week....
I dislike it immensely when an international sporting event has its status denigrated.

Mpumelelo Mbangwa
Any answers from tour of NZ & Aus?
It is very true that nobody likes to lose, not even in a kick-about game in the park. So the loss...

Kepler Wessels
Still uncertainty over final WCup 15
The upcoming World Cup is an unusual competition. The competition in itself goes for roughly six...

Faf du Plessis
We didn't do the basics well
As always, it’s great to be back home, although the jet lag is a bit of a killer. The first couple...

Neil Down Under
Week 2
Hashim Amla said after Sydney’s ODI that the series had been “closer than the scoreline would...