Australia news December 2, 2011

MacGill confirms Big Bash League comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart MacGill has confirmed he will come out of retirement to play for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League. As reported by ESPNcricinfo a fortnight ago, MacGill, 40, will join Shane Warne, Brad Hogg and Matthew Hayden on the list of former players returning for the Twenty20 tournament, which begins on December 16.

MacGill's 44-Test career ended in the West Indies in 2008, when he retired mid-tour due to problems with carpal-tunnel syndrome. However, MacGill has decided to test himself in the BBL and has been playing club cricket in Sydney to prepare for the tournament.

"To be honest, the second I heard there was a team based here at the SCG, I did start wondering whether I could do it," MacGill said on Fox Sports News. "There was never a question of me lining up for anyone else, as soon as I found out that there was a team playing here at the SCG I guess it was always bouncing around in my head, to play here for one more time.

"[The ball is coming out] a lot better than I thought they would. I've had a pretty easy workload so far [in grade cricket], because the weather in Sydney is pretty ordinary. But it's not far off to be able to hold my head high, and I'm enjoying it."

The Sixers play the tournament opener against the Brisbane Heat and on December 27 at the SCG they will take on the Melbourne Stars, setting up a MacGill-Warne showdown.