Australia A v South Africans, Sydney November 1, 2012

Maxwell's spin put to the test

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This time last week, as he was doing the rounds to inform players of their inclusion for Australia A against the South Africans, the national selector John Inverarity called Glenn Maxwell. The conversation featured not only a notification of Maxwell's selection but a frank challenge from Inverarity as to how he should approach it.

"I spoke to him and said 'you're the spinner, you're in the hot seat, get on with it', and we hope he responds to that sort of challenge," Inverarity said. "Glenn is a player of particular interest, a player of great skill and exuberance and enthusiasm.

"We want him as an allrounder, so we're very keen for him to get opportunity with his spin bowling, and we're putting him in the hot seat here. We had intended to have Jon Holland in the side as the spinner and Holland went out, so we then decided to have Glenn Maxwell."

Holland's serious shoulder injury has opened up the field for Australia's reserve spin bowling options rather more than the selectors would have liked. At the end of the home summer is a tour of India, and apart from the incumbent Nathan Lyon there are few viable options.

Michael Beer's slow left-arm spin is steady, as seen during the Twenty20 Champions League when he was one of few Perth Scorchers to enhance their reputations, and Jason Krejza's success on his previous visit to India in 2008 means he should not be ruled out entirely as an option. Cameron Boyce's leg-breaks, too, are not without their charms. But otherwise the field is thin, so much so that one senior Australian player has been heard to say the national team's next spinner after Lyon may be yet to emerge from club cricket.

Aware of this dearth, the selectors chose not to name Beer to face the South Africans at the SCG, even if he would be the likely choice to replace Lyon should the South Australian off spinner fall afoul of injury during the concurrent Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania. Instead, they have continued their fascination with Maxwell, a player of enormous self-belief and so far modest spin skills.

"Michael is well regarded and is a good, steady spinner," Inverarity said. "We feel that he's a known quantity, we don't need to find out a lot more. And he'll be bowling in the Shield game [for Western Australia v Victoria]. It's an ideal opportunity for Glenn Maxwell. You're the spinner, you get on with it, and see how he responds to that."

Maxwell's off-breaks are not yet terribly hard spun, overly loopy or even particularly accurate. But his confidence and aggression, so evident on his first Australian tour that the ODI captain Michael Clarke dubbed Maxwell 'the big show", are the qualities that have attracted Inverarity's panel most of all. They are eager to find out if he can respond to the challenge set before him as a bowler in the way his batting responded quite fearlessly to some testing ODI assignments against Pakistan in the UAE. This is a selection based on attitude as much as skill.

Australia's T20 captain George Bailey had Maxwell in his squad at the World T20 in Sri Lanka, and said the young allrounder's bowling still had plenty of development ahead of it. Bailey said Maxwell was at this point better utilised as a back-up to another slow bowler, emphasising the size of the challenge he will now face against what is likely to be South Africa's Test batting line-up.

"The challenge for him is going to be to step up and be the No. 1 spinner," Bailey said. "I think he's in a good area now where he'd be a great back-up spinner. But the thing I love about Max is every time he's been challenged he thrives on that challenge.

"I know he'd really be looking forward to that opportunity, but at the moment particularly in four-day stuff he's still got to work a little bit to become as consistent as you need to be to be the No. 1 spinner. I think he can be patient enough when he wants to be, so it's probably just about learning a bit more of the craft of spin bowling and just being as consistent as he can be."

Against a background of thin slow bowling resources, Maxwell's performance over the next three days is arguably the most pivotal subplot of what is a quite speculative Australia A team. Should he do well enough, Maxwell may book himself a place on the Test tour of India next year. Do poorly and he will likely be typecast as a limited-overs concern.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Meety on November 4, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @Dashgar/Busie1979 - I agree with Dashgar in that Lyon has performed well enuff to be considered the incumbant & I think he remains that for the entire series v Saffas. However, if Lyon is injured or hasn't done enough by the ned of the series or in fact for the tour of India next year - I think SO'K must be considered. He picked up some wickets v QLD on what appears to be a seamers strip! @Jono Makim - last year was not great for him. He is doing reasonably well this year in Shield/T20, so I hope he is at least being considered!

  • vj_gooner on November 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Haurtiz is the best choice! He is an extremely hard-working individual!

  • Dashgar on November 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Busie, Lyon's test average is better than O'Keefe's First Class average. Surely Lyon keeps his spot, although O'Keefe does deserve consideration as a backup. Back on Maxwell he got the only wicket today, seems the game has been shifted from the SCG to the Hume Highway.

  • Busie1979 on November 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    O'keefe - 23 FC games, bowling average 28, batting average 34. Among genuine spin bowlers he is best in the country as a batsman and bowler at first class level - on performance to date at least. If he could reproduce that at test level, he would have a similar influence as Dan Vettori. What is wrong with that? I cannot understand why so many players have been tried, and O'keefe has been overlooked time and again. He has a better FC average, strike rate and economy rate than Lyon. Probably suffering from being underbowled at NSW. Worth a try I think - surely!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 2, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Maybe Okeefe and Katich where mates it's the only thing i can think of, but I can see 4 all rounders at least going to India, Maxwell, Watson, Okeefe and captain Clarke.

  • Dashgar on November 2, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Well Maxwell did the job with the bat, can he do the same with the ball. Personally I agree with the selectors here, Beer is a known quantity so might as well try something with the Aus A squad. Maxwell is such an irresistible force when he gets going. His first class record isn't that bad either. If he can make some inroads into the South Africa lineup tomorrow we could be looking at a potential number 6 allrounder.

  • on November 2, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Haseeb: Steven Smith was not brought in as 'the lead spinner' in the test team. He was meant to replace Marcus North as a #6 bat - at the time the spinning position was in limbo between Xavier Doherty and Michael Beer. He's never been in serious contention as spinner. As for this article... I disagree with the selectors. Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Hauritz are reliable performers. No need for a mythical new Shane Warne..

  • on November 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Meety, i'm in furious agreement! And I agree with Merv, yourself and Ryan, that he probably should have been next in line. But he has done nothing since, to the best of my knowledge, to force his way in..... I would just say though, that the selectors seem to use these matches to gauge players against international standard competition and i'm not really sure that A games are any sort of indicator of near term selection into the test side. More to weigh up where players of unknown quality at the higher level are at.

  • Meety on November 2, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Stevo_ on (November 02 2012, 03:43 AM GMT) - it would if it were so, it's 19 @ 38 (assuming you are talking about Maxwell?)

  • Stevo_ on November 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @ 38 not @ 28 sorry......

  • Meety on November 4, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    @Dashgar/Busie1979 - I agree with Dashgar in that Lyon has performed well enuff to be considered the incumbant & I think he remains that for the entire series v Saffas. However, if Lyon is injured or hasn't done enough by the ned of the series or in fact for the tour of India next year - I think SO'K must be considered. He picked up some wickets v QLD on what appears to be a seamers strip! @Jono Makim - last year was not great for him. He is doing reasonably well this year in Shield/T20, so I hope he is at least being considered!

  • vj_gooner on November 3, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Haurtiz is the best choice! He is an extremely hard-working individual!

  • Dashgar on November 3, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    @Busie, Lyon's test average is better than O'Keefe's First Class average. Surely Lyon keeps his spot, although O'Keefe does deserve consideration as a backup. Back on Maxwell he got the only wicket today, seems the game has been shifted from the SCG to the Hume Highway.

  • Busie1979 on November 3, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    O'keefe - 23 FC games, bowling average 28, batting average 34. Among genuine spin bowlers he is best in the country as a batsman and bowler at first class level - on performance to date at least. If he could reproduce that at test level, he would have a similar influence as Dan Vettori. What is wrong with that? I cannot understand why so many players have been tried, and O'keefe has been overlooked time and again. He has a better FC average, strike rate and economy rate than Lyon. Probably suffering from being underbowled at NSW. Worth a try I think - surely!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 2, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    Maybe Okeefe and Katich where mates it's the only thing i can think of, but I can see 4 all rounders at least going to India, Maxwell, Watson, Okeefe and captain Clarke.

  • Dashgar on November 2, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Well Maxwell did the job with the bat, can he do the same with the ball. Personally I agree with the selectors here, Beer is a known quantity so might as well try something with the Aus A squad. Maxwell is such an irresistible force when he gets going. His first class record isn't that bad either. If he can make some inroads into the South Africa lineup tomorrow we could be looking at a potential number 6 allrounder.

  • on November 2, 2012, 10:54 GMT

    @Haseeb: Steven Smith was not brought in as 'the lead spinner' in the test team. He was meant to replace Marcus North as a #6 bat - at the time the spinning position was in limbo between Xavier Doherty and Michael Beer. He's never been in serious contention as spinner. As for this article... I disagree with the selectors. Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Hauritz are reliable performers. No need for a mythical new Shane Warne..

  • on November 2, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    @Meety, i'm in furious agreement! And I agree with Merv, yourself and Ryan, that he probably should have been next in line. But he has done nothing since, to the best of my knowledge, to force his way in..... I would just say though, that the selectors seem to use these matches to gauge players against international standard competition and i'm not really sure that A games are any sort of indicator of near term selection into the test side. More to weigh up where players of unknown quality at the higher level are at.

  • Meety on November 2, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    @Stevo_ on (November 02 2012, 03:43 AM GMT) - it would if it were so, it's 19 @ 38 (assuming you are talking about Maxwell?)

  • Stevo_ on November 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    @ 38 not @ 28 sorry......

  • Stevo_ on November 2, 2012, 3:43 GMT

    19 wickets @ 28 . In this case stats tell the whole story.

  • zenboomerang on November 2, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    I think a few are getting off the track, Inverarity did say they were looking at Maxwell as an allrounder (not a specialist spinner) & in that regard Maxwells FC stats match up fairly well to Andrew Symonds FC record... Symonds averaged 8.5 overs an innings in Test & less than 1 wicket per match... Maxwell averages 11.6 overs an innings in FC & just under 1 wkt/match... They are also very similar bowlers... Considering our Test batting & spin bowling stocks are average to say the least, I feel Maxwell could offer some depth to our current team... He may be looked at as a replacement for Watson or the middle order if an injury occurs...

  • on November 2, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    can someone bring clive rose in? great spinner!

  • kempy21 on November 2, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Maxwell is the new Steve Smith. Selectors looking for the new "x factor" player rather than looking at someone who actually has skill in one primary discipline. I think Lyon is the best spinner in the country right now. Had a meteoric rise to Test cricket, but performed really well at that level considering his experience - he is learning at that level. O'Keefe easily the runner up. Who cares if they can't bat at 6? Spinners should be considered as bowlers first, just as a pace bowler. How good with the bat are Swann, Ajmal, Narine, Mendis? Selectors have a fascination with all-rounders - look at the Aus A line up - there is no way that team can take 20 wickets in Shield cricket let alone against a touring SA XI.

  • on November 2, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Tried Cameron White as their main spinner he failed and now does not bowl. Steve Smith came in as the lead spinner in test team he failed and he does not bowls even in a T20. Now it is time for Glenn Maxwell. Australian selectors are fool. They try to take out from their players which they does not have. Come on... even we can see he is a pathetic spinner. He did not bowl well in UAE how come he can bowl in Australia. Let him focus on his batting and he will become a good one as he have that talent. If you want a spin bowling allrounder ther best one is Steve O'Keefe. He is the best.

  • V-Man_ on November 1, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    Have the selectors lot their mind like the last bunch!!! In the last Indian tour they played C. white as their front line spinner for most of the series and they ended up losing 2-0.

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    @RyanSmith on (November 01 2012, 12:57 PM GMT) - ha! I was scrolling up the page & responded to Jono before I saw your response. Which was a more detailed version of what I said!

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    @Jono Makim - I agree with your point about SO'k - but not the way you said it. SO'K has been around for 7 years or so - but he hasn't played many FULL seasons in that time. I would also say that I think it is unlikely for SO'K to have bowled in many "premium" occassions for a spinner. That said - 81 balls a FC match is a concern, (ave shield balls per match closer to 200). What I do know, is that he had a decent allround match against the Pom A-side during the Ashes & then got overtaken by Beer. Merv Hughes said at the time (just after he resigned from the Selecetion committee) that by rights SO'K was next in line behind Doherty. Do agree that Hauritz should of been given a bit more of a go - although injuries did set him back. He should of been our lead spinner for the Ashes 10/11.

  • Micgyver on November 1, 2012, 23:14 GMT

    Seriously its an absolute disgrace and insult that Steve O'Keefe still doesnt get a mention.

  • RoJayao on November 1, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    So Hauritz and O'Keefe are chop liver now or what? Not even mentioned. They are both head and shoulders ahead of Maxwell, Beer, Boyce, even Holland. Just don't get what those guys have done to not even be mentioned let alone considered.

  • Buckers410 on November 1, 2012, 21:57 GMT

    Lyon and SOK have got to be the spinners on the India tour. Beer would be third and Boyce would be 4th. I can't see a way Maxwell would make a test squad before SOK or Boyce. He can play limited overs but not tests. Unless they pick him as a Samit Patel type of player, or batting.

  • on November 1, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    as AB said recently please do not whinge about doosara try to learn good to see young fellow get pick,what about BEN CUTING FOR FACE BALL.CRHIS LYN FOR BATING.

  • on November 1, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    @Ryan, I hear you, but I think, and i'm quite sure the selectors do too, that he is just not putting up the numbers to force his way in. For all we know he could be four of five good games away from getting a run, but as I said before, it's been a couple of seasons since he has done much. I'd also like to see him develop his bowling a bit further, he's really pretty much a Doherty type dart in kind of bowler. At least Lyon and Hauritz are prepared to throw the ball up in the air a little.

  • on November 1, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    I think they should go with Beer and Doherty on the tour of India.

  • Beertjie on November 1, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @CricketPervert, I don't believe the posters are attacking Lyon - just looking for someone to take to India perhaps if they don't go with Beer, since Dutchy has been ruled out. Someone who can bat at 7 (moving Wade up one spot) and still play Lyon + 3 quicks. For that scenario SO'K would be tailor made if he outbats and outbowls Maxwell or anyone else. Anyway that's what I'd like to see happen. Howeever I'm mindful of the quality of our batting, especially the top order. Sad to see he gets no mention, though. Agree with your comment @hyclass about Inverarity and the NSP. Alarming sound bytes!

  • CricketPervert on November 1, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Didn't Beer take the most wickets by a spinner last year in domestic cricket? (from memory 26) and remember Perth is hardly a spinners wicket. Lyon is clearly the best option (of a bad bunch) but how do we seriously expect a spinner to prove themselves in the first month or two of SS?? Lyon is easily the most successful spinner since the good old days, leave him alone.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    I guess Cameron White India trip story repeated again !!! At test level part timers have no role to play barring an Allan Border type 7-fer once in a while.

  • RyanSmith on November 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @Jono Makim "He would never play as a specialist spinner unless he can constantly be taking at least 3-4 wickets per match and his batting is not good enough to play at 6." Does anyone remember a fairly recent Ashes series where Australia were trounced? That very well performing England team played a game against an Aus A team in Hobart before the 1st test. S O'keefe was actually picked. Top scored with 66 in the ist innings and made 27 in the second. Returned easily the best figues of all the bowlers with 4-88 (as the specialist spinner) including dismissing Cook and Pietersen and took a good catch to remove Strauss. All this in what was a 10 wicket thrashing by the Poms. Great return against quality test standard opposition who were playing well. Don't tell me O'Keefe doesn't have what it takes to (at least) warrant a look. No one else who seems to be being considered by the selectors has done anywhere near that well.

  • DylanBrah on November 1, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Hey selectors - ever heard of Stephen Norman John O'Keefe? I heard he averages 28 with the ball and 34 with the bat. Might be a viable option for the future.

  • azzaman333 on November 1, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    The saddest part is, with the exception of O'Keefe, Maxwell has one of the best first class bowling records of all the state level spinners in the country.

  • Jaffa79 on November 1, 2012, 12:23 GMT

    If this bit and pieces T20 cricketer is being lined up as a serious international spinner it really shows how woeful the stocks are. 10-15 years ago, this guy wouldn't have played fc cricket! It is just embarrassing now.

  • Moppa on November 1, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    It is ironic that posters here are (with some justification) calling for O'Keefe's inclusion when large numbers of Australians maintain a conspiracy theory that NSW players are favoured in Test selection. I'm afraid, people, it's just random! Having said that, and only having seen O'Keefe bowl once, my gut feeling is that his FC numbers flatter him - accurate but doesn't seem to put much work on it, and it is loop and flight that beats Test-quality batsmen. The selectors took a punt on Lyon looking beyond FC numbers and so far he's done pretty well and 'stepped up' to the higher level - would O'Keefe get anywhere near his FC numbers in Test cricket? I doubt it...

  • dsig3 on November 1, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Well, I love his fielding and his batting is fun to watch but he is not much of a bowler. He is a club level talent in the bowling department.

  • on November 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Its such passive move by aussies as they should add some quality bowler... its just to give their batting some more backup... No use... I predict atleast 2-0 SA favor..

  • trex1981 on November 1, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    Why oh why do they not even look at O'Keefe? I've said it many times before, he has a FC bowling average 10 runs better than any other current spinner in the country, and he can bat as well. I know stats aren't everything, but there must be something wrong with O'Keefe that we're all missing...

  • pat_one_back on November 1, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Pleased to hear Krezja mentioned, he can turn a ball and that's always tasty. Maxwell like Smith the headline before him have impressive talent & unbridled enthusiasm but that's not enough for test cricket success. Only SA can squeeze in talent like that in this day & age, ha, much like Jonty back in the day. Watson or Symonds for Aust thinking back to the Rolls Royce fleet days.

  • keithmillersmesserschmitt on November 1, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    For the millionth time on these pages: what does O'Keefe have to do to come into consideration? HIs record seems much better than Maxwell (bowling) and several other competitors. I thought we were meant to be going on FC performance post-Argus. Looks like the same old game of favourites to me.

  • on November 1, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    I find the constant calls for SOK a little bewildering. Without checking I think he has taken 60-70 wickets in 7 years of FC cricket and seems to only bowl when conditions are premium. He would never play as a specialist spinner unless he can constantly be taking at least 3-4 wickets per match and his batting is not good enough to play at 6. He really needs a very big season with the ball to come into serious contention. Hauritz on the other hand could feel a little hard done by. He could possibly be quite handy once again at test level, probably even moreso than before under the captaincy of Clarke. He too though needs a good season to re-establish his credentials. At the end of the day, neither SOK or Hauritz have taken many wickets in the last two years, i'm sure if that were to change they would quickly come into the reckoning...

  • Biggus on November 1, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Well, I don't see much in his bowling except being a bit of a part timer. There's not a lot of oomph in his action from what I've seen but it's early days I guess.

  • Dangertroy on November 1, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    I'd prefer to see us picking a specialist spinner, rather than another batsmen disguised as a spinner. I hope Maxwell really makes the most of his chance, but I'd prefer to see him develop a bit more as a bowler first. Otherwise, I think he could follow a similar trajectory to Steve smith; overhyped before he had a chance to develop, and now abandoning his spin in favour of his batting. I totally agree with all the comments regarding O'keefe. He is at least worth mentioning when discussing all of these other spin options, although again he fits into the spinning allrounder category. That being said, I don't see anyone knocking the door down as a specialist spinner right now.

  • on November 1, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Did you see the picture posted....that cannot be a front line spinner. That is not an action of a spinner

  • VivGilchrist on November 1, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Looking for a spin bowling all-rounder? How about OKeefe? Av 36 with bat, 28 with ball in FC cricket. That's an all-rounder. It's like they're trying everybody else except him. Nothing against Maxwell, I'd give him a go in the shorter formats for sure, but SURELY OKeefe is the man in the longer games.

  • No_1_again on November 1, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    Pl remember NSW alone can form a strong cricket team with people not even considered for the top team.

  • bobagorof on November 1, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    What about Steve O'Keefe?? You've listed the leading spinner of every state except NSW, who happens to have the best First Class record of them all. And Nathan Hauritz is still performing. But, no, let's instead go for a 'spinner' with no spin, loop or accuracy...

  • Samdanh on November 1, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe turned in with key performances in the recent CLT20. I am wondering if all selections should be only on potential rather than performance. Lyon's off-spin combining with Steve's left arm spin could be a deadly combo on Indian pitches which, if war cries of wounded tigers are any indication of what is to come for Test matches. Steve's batting could come in handy as well. On confidence and attidue too, Steve is not running short. So it is quite surprising that he is not even spoken about

  • whippersnapper on November 1, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    O'Keefe? Still can't understand the selectors reluctance to give him a shot.

  • hyclass on November 1, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Hauritz was widely considered the most improved cricketer in world cricket. His treatment was appalling. He brings superior batting and fielding to any of the other candidates and is proven at international level. No-one can understand O'Keefe's treatment either. Like David Hussey, he's consistently been forced to play in the wrong format, based on his career record. Krezja has done reasonably recently in List A but selecting based on short runs of form is always fraught. Beer has been steady. Inverarity has shown small signs of moving away from the insanity of the previous selection panel, but no informed cricketer believes that Australia is making the best use of its resources. Age should remain secondary at all times to performance. There is still a vogue towards theorising regarding youth. It's extremely short sighted. I'd also like to see the selectors back down regarding Cosgrove. Their policy of making him sit on the sidelines to teach him a lesson has been unsuccessful.

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Interesting very intersecting

  • PFEL on November 1, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    The article mentions Holland, Lyon, beer, , Krejz as the top spinners in Australia . . . how ridiculous. Hauritz and O'Keefe are a step above

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    So all you need is to run thro' your fingers to get picked for first XI in Aus. I guess Aus should now go England and SA way to hire spinners from overseas to play in domestic cricket. I'm sure all those fringe spinners from SL, Bang, Pak, Ind will queue up.

  • HatsforBats on November 1, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    O'Keeffe? Have the selectors actually heard of him? Surely that is the only reason for his consistent absence. This is ridiculous. If Steve Smith or Cam White was given this sort of encouragement Aus might actually have a decent legspinner who is one of the best fielders in the world and has a FC batting avg of 40 to play as an all-rounder. Maxwell's spin is barely worth mentioning. Meanwhile DHussey langours in the land of non-selection.

  • reddawn1975 on November 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Yeah Skott i agree with its a total joke O'Keefe is not in the Australian side class bowler and Batsman all i can think of he's upset someone along the line such a shame a waste of talent.And Maxwell we lets face ordinary bowler

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    I really can't follow this at all. They told him he'd be the X Factor going into the T20 WC and then pulled him out of the team just when he may have had a chance to do something...... I'd really like to see him bowl in a FC match before I commented on his bowling, but if he gets it up to standard he could be a real matchwinner batting at 6 and picking up wickets. It seems for now a long way off, though. I think as far as batting allrounders go Australia has a very good balance right now with Watson and Clarke complementing the four specialists well. At the moment I see Henriques as the successor to Watson so the selectors will no doubt be on the hunt for a more than handy spin option amongst the batsmen.

  • AngryAngy on November 1, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    lol he's been written off because he only got to bat twice in the World T20? Bad posters the lot of you.

  • Skott on November 1, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe doesn't even get a mention, as usual. What does he have to do?

  • himohan007 on November 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Simply want to put in two words "Highly Overrated" Glenn Maxwell=Ravinder Jadeja

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    He was given the same push in T20 WC to be the Game changer, the "X" factor. But he wasn't able to live with the expectations that much. May be, have faith on the kid but don't raise it to a level that he himself is overawed by the response he gets and deceived into the hype to fail in the big stage. Let him play his game without any external disturbances.

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    whare is Hauritz???Whats his current position in this hierarchy?he has always been a better bowler than Lyon or anyone else

  • newporttiger on November 1, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Wasn't this guy supposed to be the self-proclaimed X-factor for Australia at the World Twenty20? Haaaaa - he's so ordinary. Though full credit to his positive attitude and self confidence with the bat.

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  • newporttiger on November 1, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Wasn't this guy supposed to be the self-proclaimed X-factor for Australia at the World Twenty20? Haaaaa - he's so ordinary. Though full credit to his positive attitude and self confidence with the bat.

  • on November 1, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    whare is Hauritz???Whats his current position in this hierarchy?he has always been a better bowler than Lyon or anyone else

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2012, 7:20 GMT

    He was given the same push in T20 WC to be the Game changer, the "X" factor. But he wasn't able to live with the expectations that much. May be, have faith on the kid but don't raise it to a level that he himself is overawed by the response he gets and deceived into the hype to fail in the big stage. Let him play his game without any external disturbances.

  • himohan007 on November 1, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Simply want to put in two words "Highly Overrated" Glenn Maxwell=Ravinder Jadeja

  • Skott on November 1, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Steve O'Keefe doesn't even get a mention, as usual. What does he have to do?

  • AngryAngy on November 1, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    lol he's been written off because he only got to bat twice in the World T20? Bad posters the lot of you.

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    I really can't follow this at all. They told him he'd be the X Factor going into the T20 WC and then pulled him out of the team just when he may have had a chance to do something...... I'd really like to see him bowl in a FC match before I commented on his bowling, but if he gets it up to standard he could be a real matchwinner batting at 6 and picking up wickets. It seems for now a long way off, though. I think as far as batting allrounders go Australia has a very good balance right now with Watson and Clarke complementing the four specialists well. At the moment I see Henriques as the successor to Watson so the selectors will no doubt be on the hunt for a more than handy spin option amongst the batsmen.

  • reddawn1975 on November 1, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Yeah Skott i agree with its a total joke O'Keefe is not in the Australian side class bowler and Batsman all i can think of he's upset someone along the line such a shame a waste of talent.And Maxwell we lets face ordinary bowler

  • HatsforBats on November 1, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    O'Keeffe? Have the selectors actually heard of him? Surely that is the only reason for his consistent absence. This is ridiculous. If Steve Smith or Cam White was given this sort of encouragement Aus might actually have a decent legspinner who is one of the best fielders in the world and has a FC batting avg of 40 to play as an all-rounder. Maxwell's spin is barely worth mentioning. Meanwhile DHussey langours in the land of non-selection.

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    So all you need is to run thro' your fingers to get picked for first XI in Aus. I guess Aus should now go England and SA way to hire spinners from overseas to play in domestic cricket. I'm sure all those fringe spinners from SL, Bang, Pak, Ind will queue up.