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.

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  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    @D-Train and Dave Pearce, IPL is a lot bigger! not to mention has better teams... in the CPL 3 of the 4 semifinal teams were IPL teams and both of the final were IPL, BBL is much smaller but almost no foreign players! IPL is also the 2nd bigger sports league in the world only after NBA! do your research!

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 19:32 GMT

    Mediocre? Who won the first Premier League? Who have been the most succesful teams in the Premier League?

    WITHOUT their IPL players? Honestly, its a disgrace that players like Hussey, Bollinger, etc play in the Premier League for their IPL teams, instead of the teams they have played for since day dot.

  • Tanmay on December 2, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    @Meety - yes BBL - a mediocre tournament a copy of IPL

  • Andrew on December 2, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    @tanstell87- "mediocre BBL?" - hmm if it was so mediocre - why would the IPL require so many players from it? Dopey comment!

  • Matt on December 2, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Mediocre? Big Bash teams have regularly been better than IPL teams at the champions league. In fact NSW has been the most successful team in terms of matches and percentage of matches one. So I think that show's Australian domestic cricket is a superior competition.

  • Dummy4 on December 2, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Big bash league is a big opportunity for old guns to many money.

  • Tanmay on December 2, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    why not Glen Mcgrath making a comeback....yes because he mite be blown away in this mediocre BBL...

  • Andrew on December 2, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Good onya MacGilla!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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