Australia Cricket Players
Stuart MacGillStuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill (b. 25 February 1971, Mount Lawley, Perth) is a right-arm leg spin bowler of the Australian cricket team. Despite being credited with having the best strike rate of any modern leg-spin bowler, MacGill has not had a regular place in the Australian Test team, often being overlooked due to the dominance of Shane Warne in the position of sole spinner, for most of his career. He was recently brought back in 2007 after the retirement of Warne, as spinner for the first Test against the Sri Lankan cricket team.
MacGill is noted as an intellectual type, having once read 24 books on a tour of Pakistan and at odds with his other beer-drinking team-mates, MacGill is a keen wine connoisseur.
MacGill began his first class career in the 1993/94 season playing for Western Australia. He managed just one game, against New South Wales at the SCG but didn't take a wicket and didn't play again for over two years. When he returned in 1996/97 it was for New South Wales and he took 6 wickets in the match, the first being Darren Berry. He finished the season with 16 wickets at 37.00.
1997/98 was the breakthrough season for MacGill, he made his his Test debut and finished with 35 wickets at 28.14 in the Sheffield Shield
In the 3rd Test against South Africa at Adelaide in January 1998, MacGill was selected as Australia's second spinner and helped them to draw the match with 3 for 22 in the second innings. He next appeared in October of that year for a tour of Pakistan, finishing the series as Australia's top wicket taker with 15 victims at 27.46