Australia in India 2012-13 January 29, 2013

Maxwell's bowling 'better and better' - Arthur

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Glenn Maxwell has not played a first-class match in more than two months but his work in the nets to master the offspinner's stock ball has impressed Australia's selectors as they finalise the Test squad for the upcoming tour of India. The coach Mickey Arthur has suggested a spinning allrounder will be part of the Test squad, to be announced later this week, and Maxwell is a leading candidate after narrowly missing out on a Test debut against Sri Lanka in Sydney earlier this month.

Although he remains far from a frontline bowler, Maxwell could be called on to fill the allrounder's position in India as Australia adjust to life without Shane Watson's bowling. The retirement of Michael Hussey has opened up a place in the lower middle order and Arthur said the selectors would keep their options open in India, with spin- and seam-bowling allrounders in the mix along with a specialist batsman, as well as the possibility that Matthew Wade could move up to No.6 to allow room for an extra bowler.

"We've tried to cover every base that we can," Arthur said of the Test squad. "We could play a spinning allrounder, we could play a seam-up allrounder, we will have the option of two spinners, we'll probably have as many as five quicks going over. We'll try and cover as many of the bases as we possibly can and then determine team that plays based on the conditions that we face.

"We have the option of slotting Wadey up to 6 and playing a spinning allrounder or a seaming allrounder, but we'll have that position at No.7 available. If we want to go with the six specialist batsmen then that will be the wicketkeeper's position. Those are the things we have to weigh up."

The likelihood of spinning pitches in India might improve Maxwell's chances of playing alongside the frontline offspinner Nathan Lyon, although the left-armer Steve O'Keefe has also made a strong case with eight wickets in a Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales over the past week. O'Keefe is the leading spin bowler in the Shield this summer with 17 victims at 24.29, and his overall first-class figures of 78 wickets at 27.33 are encouraging.

It may be that Lyon and O'Keefe are included as the lead spinners alongside Maxwell as more of an all-round option, leaving the selectors with plenty of choices. Although Maxwell only bowled 16.1 overs during the ODI and T20 games against Sri Lanka, there were signs that he was turning the ball more than in the past and Arthur said he had been impressed by the progress Maxwell had made since he was earmarked by the selectors at the start of the summer.

"Maxwell has bowled extremely well, he is getting better and better," Arthur said. "I thought he bowled really well in Hobart in the last one-day game, albeit he only bowled two overs, but there was good shape on the ball and he did a nice job. In these two Twenty20 games he has done a nice job. He works incredibly hard.

"One of the things we've sat down and said is if you want to be the spinning allrounder you've got to put a huge amount of time into your bowling, because Maxy would always try to bowl the miracle ball and then he'd bowl a leggie, then try a doosra, he just didn't settle on anything. All we've got him in the nets is bowling offspin, offspin, offspin. It's repetition all the time and he's getting better and better at it. He's a very fast learner."

Patience has never been Maxwell's strong suit, as he demonstrated while waiting for Sri Lanka to finalise their plans for the last ball of Australia's Twenty20 chase in Melbourne on Monday, but it is an attribute he has tried to introduce to his bowling. The challenge for Maxwell will be if he does win a Test cap to show that he can maintain such perseverance if the Australians spend days on end in the field.

"It [patience] is something I've had to learn," Maxwell said before the Melbourne T20. "Wanting things to happen very quickly has been the way I have gone about things. Learning patience has been something I have worked on with Warnie and a few of the other guys in the state set-up. I've done a whole lot of work. I've been in the nets relentlessly for the last 12 months.

"Shaping the ball has changed a lot, I'm starting to get the ball to drift away from the right-hander and spin back, which I wasn't really doing. It was very straight [before]. I'm getting a lot more work on the ball, my pace and control is better as well. I'm hoping it's going to be good enough and hopefully I can play in all three formats at some stage this year."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • meursault on January 30, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Why on earth would they pick two off-spinners after seeing the benefits of the Monty & Swann combo in the same conditions?!? Maxwell isn't a first-class level spinner yet and shouldn't be anywhere near the test team.

    If Lyon is going to play (which he clearly is), then just pick the next best spinner in the country for turning it away from the right-handers on Indian wickets. End of story. If he can bat too (eg O'Keefe), ok, but if not it's no big deal as most of our quicks are pretty handy with the bat these days anyway and Wade is a good bat for a number 7.

  • on January 29, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    When Scott and Amundsen were racing each other to the South Pole in 1912, Amundsen took huskies whereas Scott took horses. Amundsen beat him to the pole, Scott died. To Indians, using a spin attack on Indian pitches is as obvious as using huskies on a polar trek, and believing you can win with pace and part-time spin just as odd as using horses in the Antarctic. England showed what a fine margin there is in India between winning and getting flogged. They thought their pacers would have an impact in the first Test, got beaten by nine wickets, and were staring a white-wash down the throat. They dropped a seamer for a second spinner and dominated the rest of the series. Just being better wasn't enough. Obviously England had a significant advantage in having two world-class spinners to pick, but if Australia goes in to the series thinking they can rely on second-string spinners they're conceding defeat before they start. Indian pitches turn even the best pace bowlers in to trundlers.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Australia would be better off getting in a new seamer to replace Lyon, who doesn't hit the seam often enough.

  • Meety on January 31, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    @Fleming_Dean on (January 30 2013, 10:38 AM GMT) "...We have Khawaja who has 450 runs and same with Ferguson and both are only 50 runs behind Hughes..." - mate Hughes is over TWO HUNDRED runs ahead of Ussie! On Shield performance (so far) Hughes is light years ahead of Khawaja. This is why I DID NOT want Khawaja in the ODI side, I want him smashing Shield attacks in FC conditions & adding to his ONE ton this Shield season. I believe he can do it, I think it is counter-productive having him stuff around in the ODI side before a TEST tour! It makes no sense this mass-hysteria over Khawaja. Playing ODI cricket will diminish his potential. It was unfortunate that the Shield match against Tassie was washed out - I wish it could of been transferred to Hobart.

  • Wefinishthis on January 31, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Bear Allen - I agree with one exception. Glenn McGrath. The great man had incredible success in India (average about 20) just as he had everywhere else in the world and that was against a far better batting lineup than the one England recently faced. He's bowled Aus to a series victory there and if not for a freak partnership between Dravid/Laxman, would have won two series. The fact is that quality controlled seam bowling will work on any pitch in the world. We have two bowlers who have accuracy, control and hit the seam regularly. They are Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris and combined with O'Keefe and Lyon, we shouldn't have any problem taking 20 wickets in India. Siddle should replace Harris if he gets injured. Johnson was an embarassment in India last time and Starc will be the same. As much as I love Pattinson and Cummins, I'd save them for England where I'd like to see Bird, Pattinson, Harris, Cummins and Siddle fighting it out. Just a shame the selectors will get it wrong again.

  • Paul_Rampley on January 30, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @Hyclass why such negativity towards our young batsman, lets get behind them and i expect both Khawaja and Hughes to be our future batting stars. Khawaja's inclusion the ODIs proves that selectors can see the talent and are rewarding run scoring and attitude.

  • KhanMitch on January 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I think the general consensus is that both Maxwell and Khawaja should be in the squad and that's what will happen. I am not sold on Smith yet. Firstly, Smith is notready for test cricket, let him spend time in shield. We have Khawaja who has 450 runs and same with Ferguson and both are only 50 runs behind Hughes who was deemed good enough to take Punters's spot. So for me those 2 deserve a spot in the Indian tour. That aside, the English have always struggled against quality bowling, if we get out best three quicks on the park these guysare going to struggle, so I think our bowling could well win us the ashes. If Clarke, Warner and Khawaja fire as well, thats a prettyhandy batting line up(lets hope warner is fine), we all know Watson will open in England and Hughes will need to learn how to combat swing bowling. will That gives us a top order of Warner, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade. Now I am not yet a maxwell fan (yet)but a few years in shield wil lsort him out.

  • Shaggy076 on January 30, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Meety - Dont mind your team, Im not so sure on O Keefes batting and have Faulkner pegged to bowl between 5-10 overs. As for the paceman there are so many going pretty well dont really know who to pick. For India probably go with Siddle and one of the lefties Johnson/Starc. But Bird, Pattinson, Harris and Hilfenhaus have all got good claims as well. I also like Cowan as a player but feel Watto during his very good period was a dominant opener. Joseph_Langford: Agree some good thoughts however Im also not sure on Haddins keeping and he is older, personally I would back Wade to improve and he has looked sharper in the one-dayers. Not sure who you talking about with Head, he is a 19 year old batsman from SA certainly no keeper. As for your comments on Warner, i would have agreed with you 2 months ago. I didnt think he would get passed South Africa however, his technique has been refined and he has an amazing eye. Im starting to believe he might actually make a very good opener in tests.

  • hycIass on January 30, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Khawaja has been announced to replace Warner in the first 2 ODIs, fantastic call by the selectors and shows that the selectors are willing to give Khawaja a shot, now its his to take. Hope Warner is good for the Indian series as we will need him.

  • Meety on January 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 on (January 30 2013, 05:21 AM GMT) - re: your team v India. I would swap Faulkner for either Harris (if fit) or Bird. When you say "...an allo-rounder Faulkner for a 5th bowler who can handle the bat.." - the team already has that spot filled by SO'K. I also can't choose between Starc & MJ atm, so am torn there, but Bird has to be considered (IMO). re: Ashes team - I wouldn't take Cowan to India, but I would start him against England instead of Rogers. Other than that I'd pick the same. I have heard that Lord Dexter is calling for England to prepare turners so they can field Panesar & Swann, so maybe the India tour will be a great dress-rehearsal for the Ashes (doubt it)!

  • meursault on January 30, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Why on earth would they pick two off-spinners after seeing the benefits of the Monty & Swann combo in the same conditions?!? Maxwell isn't a first-class level spinner yet and shouldn't be anywhere near the test team.

    If Lyon is going to play (which he clearly is), then just pick the next best spinner in the country for turning it away from the right-handers on Indian wickets. End of story. If he can bat too (eg O'Keefe), ok, but if not it's no big deal as most of our quicks are pretty handy with the bat these days anyway and Wade is a good bat for a number 7.

  • on January 29, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    When Scott and Amundsen were racing each other to the South Pole in 1912, Amundsen took huskies whereas Scott took horses. Amundsen beat him to the pole, Scott died. To Indians, using a spin attack on Indian pitches is as obvious as using huskies on a polar trek, and believing you can win with pace and part-time spin just as odd as using horses in the Antarctic. England showed what a fine margin there is in India between winning and getting flogged. They thought their pacers would have an impact in the first Test, got beaten by nine wickets, and were staring a white-wash down the throat. They dropped a seamer for a second spinner and dominated the rest of the series. Just being better wasn't enough. Obviously England had a significant advantage in having two world-class spinners to pick, but if Australia goes in to the series thinking they can rely on second-string spinners they're conceding defeat before they start. Indian pitches turn even the best pace bowlers in to trundlers.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 31, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Australia would be better off getting in a new seamer to replace Lyon, who doesn't hit the seam often enough.

  • Meety on January 31, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    @Fleming_Dean on (January 30 2013, 10:38 AM GMT) "...We have Khawaja who has 450 runs and same with Ferguson and both are only 50 runs behind Hughes..." - mate Hughes is over TWO HUNDRED runs ahead of Ussie! On Shield performance (so far) Hughes is light years ahead of Khawaja. This is why I DID NOT want Khawaja in the ODI side, I want him smashing Shield attacks in FC conditions & adding to his ONE ton this Shield season. I believe he can do it, I think it is counter-productive having him stuff around in the ODI side before a TEST tour! It makes no sense this mass-hysteria over Khawaja. Playing ODI cricket will diminish his potential. It was unfortunate that the Shield match against Tassie was washed out - I wish it could of been transferred to Hobart.

  • Wefinishthis on January 31, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    Bear Allen - I agree with one exception. Glenn McGrath. The great man had incredible success in India (average about 20) just as he had everywhere else in the world and that was against a far better batting lineup than the one England recently faced. He's bowled Aus to a series victory there and if not for a freak partnership between Dravid/Laxman, would have won two series. The fact is that quality controlled seam bowling will work on any pitch in the world. We have two bowlers who have accuracy, control and hit the seam regularly. They are Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris and combined with O'Keefe and Lyon, we shouldn't have any problem taking 20 wickets in India. Siddle should replace Harris if he gets injured. Johnson was an embarassment in India last time and Starc will be the same. As much as I love Pattinson and Cummins, I'd save them for England where I'd like to see Bird, Pattinson, Harris, Cummins and Siddle fighting it out. Just a shame the selectors will get it wrong again.

  • Paul_Rampley on January 30, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @Hyclass why such negativity towards our young batsman, lets get behind them and i expect both Khawaja and Hughes to be our future batting stars. Khawaja's inclusion the ODIs proves that selectors can see the talent and are rewarding run scoring and attitude.

  • KhanMitch on January 30, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I think the general consensus is that both Maxwell and Khawaja should be in the squad and that's what will happen. I am not sold on Smith yet. Firstly, Smith is notready for test cricket, let him spend time in shield. We have Khawaja who has 450 runs and same with Ferguson and both are only 50 runs behind Hughes who was deemed good enough to take Punters's spot. So for me those 2 deserve a spot in the Indian tour. That aside, the English have always struggled against quality bowling, if we get out best three quicks on the park these guysare going to struggle, so I think our bowling could well win us the ashes. If Clarke, Warner and Khawaja fire as well, thats a prettyhandy batting line up(lets hope warner is fine), we all know Watson will open in England and Hughes will need to learn how to combat swing bowling. will That gives us a top order of Warner, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade. Now I am not yet a maxwell fan (yet)but a few years in shield wil lsort him out.

  • Shaggy076 on January 30, 2013, 10:35 GMT

    Meety - Dont mind your team, Im not so sure on O Keefes batting and have Faulkner pegged to bowl between 5-10 overs. As for the paceman there are so many going pretty well dont really know who to pick. For India probably go with Siddle and one of the lefties Johnson/Starc. But Bird, Pattinson, Harris and Hilfenhaus have all got good claims as well. I also like Cowan as a player but feel Watto during his very good period was a dominant opener. Joseph_Langford: Agree some good thoughts however Im also not sure on Haddins keeping and he is older, personally I would back Wade to improve and he has looked sharper in the one-dayers. Not sure who you talking about with Head, he is a 19 year old batsman from SA certainly no keeper. As for your comments on Warner, i would have agreed with you 2 months ago. I didnt think he would get passed South Africa however, his technique has been refined and he has an amazing eye. Im starting to believe he might actually make a very good opener in tests.

  • hycIass on January 30, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Khawaja has been announced to replace Warner in the first 2 ODIs, fantastic call by the selectors and shows that the selectors are willing to give Khawaja a shot, now its his to take. Hope Warner is good for the Indian series as we will need him.

  • Meety on January 30, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 on (January 30 2013, 05:21 AM GMT) - re: your team v India. I would swap Faulkner for either Harris (if fit) or Bird. When you say "...an allo-rounder Faulkner for a 5th bowler who can handle the bat.." - the team already has that spot filled by SO'K. I also can't choose between Starc & MJ atm, so am torn there, but Bird has to be considered (IMO). re: Ashes team - I wouldn't take Cowan to India, but I would start him against England instead of Rogers. Other than that I'd pick the same. I have heard that Lord Dexter is calling for England to prepare turners so they can field Panesar & Swann, so maybe the India tour will be a great dress-rehearsal for the Ashes (doubt it)!

  • on January 30, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    @ Shaggy076 My team for India : Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Watson, Haddin, O Keefe/Smith, Starc/Johnson/Pattinson/Bird/Siddle, Lyon. My reserve keeper is Head from Tassie (big call I know).

    You admit that India will prepare spinners pitches ... you select two spinners .... then select a keeper who can't keep for the most passive of spinners.

    Wouldn't pick the Ashes Team until after India but I do think that Warner will be found wanting in the England. If I was in the Team Management I would be sending Marsh, Cutting, Henriques, McDermott and Wade to County Cricket before the Ashes.

  • hycIass on January 30, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @Shaggy076 i agree 100% with your team and justification and implore others to look at it. @Hyclass at the half way point at christmas break Khawaja was 2nd in shield tally, 3rd in Ryobi and this year he improved 100% in his Big bash runs tally. lLke you i was critical of Khawaja earlier in the season but he impressed me in that where you score your runs does make a difference, do you think they will have nice flat pitches waiting for us in the ashes, they will have seamer friendly decks to help their classy fast men and that is where Khawaja comes through as he has scored on absolute green decks where the other teams struggled to match his individual scores, 140 against Tasmania when they got 90, 2 half centuries against NSW when they only got 150 and a 90 odd against South Australia on a green gabba deck on his debut for the Bulls. We need batsman like Hussey who score in difficult situations and none better then Khawaja as pointed out

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 30, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    Hyclass i think both you and I know Khawaja is the best option for number 6 for the Indian tour and like you was his critic earlier but he won me over withruns. His fielding has yielded two run outs in his last two matches, but critics like yourself will cling to the tough dropped catch of Pollard. His batting was faultless until a mis-cued lofted drive got him caught out on 69, but critics like yourself will point out that Doolan scored more runs yesterday despite offering up a chance on 44 that wasn't taken. His batting this season has been very consistent, 438 @ 40 in the Shield, 257 @ 51.4 in the Ryobi Cup, 206 @ 41.2, 56 against SL in the Chairman's XI match and 69 against WI in the PM's XI match, but critics like yourself will cling to the 3 in his only ODI or bring up his most recent shield match (where he scored 0 & 8) instead of the one before where he notched 138 on a deck where no-one else passed 50 which included Bailey, Cossie, Doolan, Burns, Paine etc. Give credit mate

  • hyclass on January 30, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    The impending tour of India requires a deeply focused team that is able to withstand the tests of high scrutiny & constant pressure. It requires players whose records indicate they are the best available & performing at their peak.Even then, the best have withered in India.With respect to Khawaja, I thought it in everyone's best interests to present both his career & season to date statistics to help moderate some extreme & unhinged views on his suitability for selection by one blogger with over a dozen profiles. These are the facts as they stand: Test ave: 29. ODI ave: 3. 1st Class ave: 43 -down from 54 two seasons ago. List A ave: 38. 20/20 ave: 22 - S/R 107. Now to his current season & some comparative figures. Shield ave:39.81 placing him 10th in ave behind Hughes, Rogers, Doolan, Henriques, the retired Ponting, Haddin, Dunk, Wade & McDonald. BBL ave:41.20 leaving him in 12th place by ave: Ryobi Cup ave: 51.20 leaving him 10th by ave. Last Shield game v NSW- 0 & 8 (39 balls).

  • Mary_786 on January 30, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    Shaggy your explanations make sense. My thoughts are that England's win over India was gruelling and they came back from 1 nil so we can do it too. Watto stays 6, I would move Clarke to 4, and you need another batsman for 5 which should be Khawaja. The beauty with Khawaja is that he can bat anywhere from 1 to 6 which not all batsman can do, he plays pace best but he has improved alot to spin under boof. I can see a spot for Henriques in the ODI team right now, but he needs more consistent FC performances to make the test team. As I've said before, our best all rounder outside Watto is Ronnie McDOnald, but he's injured, though back soon I'm guessing. So my squad (16) to India would be: Warner Cowan Hughes Khawaja Clarke Watson McDonald if fit, otherwise Ferguson unless someone else cleans up the Shield Wade Paine SOK Lyon Siddle Pattinson Bird One of Johnson and Starc One of Harris and Cutting

    What do you guys think.

  • hycIass on January 30, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    I disagree somewhat with MatthewRogers analysis. I think UTK will get selected for the India tour. But the selectors will play their usual trick - dangle the carrot in front of him but not give him a proper run. He will only play the two Tests that Watson will not play. For the other two, either he'll probably miss out because they pick a half baked allrounder. Either that or they'll select him for those one or two Tests, he'll do well and my gut feel is that for the ashes he will be a full time member of the top 6. And his fielding looks good but I would love for him to work on his slip catching because with the loss of Ponting and Hussey this is one are where the current test team is lacking in quality. would bat Watto at 6 (Warner and Clarke can make up the 5th bowler), Clarke/Khawaja at 4/5, and leave the top 3 the same. Cowan's last chance. If Cowan doesn't cut it in these 4 tests and Uzzie goes OK, he moves to the top 3.

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 30, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Shaggy076 well explained. Maxwell should not be seen in a Baggy Green yet, perhaps in 2 years but now now. Lyon as the incumbent and another spinner who hasn';t been mentioned is Hauritz who is bowling well as well. Khawaja would definitly be my number 6. He is averaging above 40 in all 3 formats, got 56 against SL in the Chairman's XI match and 69 against WI in the PM's XI match, not to mention that he notched 138 on a deck against Tasmania against Bird, Faulkner, Doherty and Butterworth where no-one else passed 50.The Indian team is not as strong as previous tours but I wouldn't call them a rabble just yet.It's probably the best time to take them on though i.e. no Laxman, Dravid, Harbhajan, Kumble. Whatever happened to Ishant Sharma? He seemed like a world class bowler in 09/10.

  • Shaggy076 on January 30, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Explain my teams: THink for India we need two specialist spinners so I have included an allo-rounder Faulkner for a 5th bowler who can handle the bat. Gives three quicks, 2 spinners and help from Clarke. As for England back to the best 6 batsman, 3 quicks and a spinner - I believe Watto and Clarke will be able to help out with the ball in this series. Rogers gives us the M Hussey like in the middle order and he has had a lot of scucess in England. I reckon he can still give 4 years of good test cricket.

  • hyclass on January 30, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    He must be talking about O'Keefe. There's no-one else in the country who fits the CV.The only people who would be pleased to see Maxwell bowling in India are the Indian batsmen and maybe Maxwell before his first ball.Afterwards, i have my doubts.

  • Paul_Rampley on January 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    Shaggy076 i like your teams as you have managed to find better allrounders then Maxwell. Khawaja is ready-made to come into the side in place of the retired Michael Hussey, especially after being on standby for the past two Tests against Sri Lanka. This would be my X1: 1. Warner 2. Watson. 3 Hughes 4.Khawaja 5 Clarke 6. Wade. 7 SOW 8. Starc/Johnson.9. Siddle 10 Bird 11 Lyon. @Ozuke2011 i agree that bits and pieces won't do, we need speicalist hence Khawaja and not Maxwell. @whofriggincares you can't pick Maxwell because he has potential, that potential gets realised at shield and then you get rewarded not the other way around. I am sure in 2 years Maxwell will be a good player but he needs time in sheidl to achieve it.

  • Shaggy076 on January 30, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    My team for India would be: Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Faulkner, O Keefe, Starc/Johnson, Siddle, Lyon - others in squad Cowan, Bird, Pattinson, Christian/Mcdonald

    In England it would be: Warner, Watson, Hughes, ROgers, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Pattinson, Siddle, Lyon, Bird/Starc/Johnson/Harris - others to travel Cowan, Doolan, O Keefe.

  • Sunil_Batra on January 30, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Being an Indian Aussie, I would agree with Dean_fleming and Hyclass except for the order. I'd make it 1.warner 2.hughes 3.clarke 4.Khawaja 5.Watson 6.SA 7.wade 8.starc 9.johnson 10.siddle 11.lyon. Khawaja comes in at 4. Push Watson down the order so he can also bowl a few overs. Include SK as he deserves more chance. It is time for clarke to promote himself to no.3 and reduce the pressure on the middle order. Khawaja surely gets the nod to replace Hussey. Give the kid a chance to learn how to play test cricket. All-rounder... that's a tricky one. No-one knocking down the door. Maxwell's 4 day game experience hardly works in his favour, and I can't see how Henriques is a better cricketer than Usman, Bailey, Hussey or even SK. They may all be specialists, but surely you pick the best XI cricketers for the conditions. That probably means two spinners with Khawaja at 6.

  • disco_bob on January 30, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    I'm not sure whether Lyon's travails against Faf last year are going to help him or hinder him in India.

  • DylanBrah on January 30, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Atleast Steve Smith is actually a decent allrounder in the shorter form if he is given a chance to bowl, and bat a little higher up the order. Maxwell provides absolutely nothing...

  • funkybluesman on January 30, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    The biggest problem with considering Maxwell as a spin-bowling allrounder to be the second spinner in the side is he bowls off-spin and so does the main spinner in the side in Lyon. In the ODI's / T20's he was a good match as the main spinner was X-Man Doherty bowling left-arm orthadox, so you have one spinning each way. But you don't want to go into a test match with two spinners picked, both of whom are right arm off-spinners.

  • DylanBrah on January 30, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    It's all good and well saying he's bowling well in the nets and improving, but so far there has been no results from this 'improvement'. How about selecting on results - Steve O'Keefe is the man.

  • PFEL on January 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    As inept as the selectors havee shown themselves to be this season, i would still be surprised if they were bad enough to actually consider selecting Maxwell for a test tour to India. And as far as spin bowlers go, O'Keefe/Beer/Holland > Doherty >>> Lyon. Why Lyon is getting a game ahead of O'Keefe, who just keeps on performing and can bat . . . is a genuine mystery. Maybe one day we will find out what the selectors have against him, if he's permitted to release it in an autobiography or something.

  • Udendra on January 30, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    maxwell was working with Warnie?? now we know where all the 'patience' came from. ha ha...

  • dhruv51195 on January 30, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    My team for the tour of India : 1. David Warner 2. Ed Cowan 3. Phil Hughes 4. Shane Watson 5. Michael Clarke 6. Glenn Maxwell 7. Matthew Wade 8. Nathan Lyon 9. Mitchell Starc 10. Peter Siddle 11. James Pattinson

  • VivGilchrist on January 30, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    @Joseph Langford, do u like anybody? I have never heard one positive comment from you. As for the spinners position it has to be Lyon and OKeefe. The closest format to Test Cricket are 4day FC games and in Aus no one is even close to Okeefes record. He simply must go and be a starter. Maxwell maybe ok SOON but you can judge a player on improving in the nets for an important tour to India. Oh, and no Doherty... terrible long game bowler.

  • Jayzuz on January 30, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley, so Lyon will be slaughtered in India? Strange, he was very successful in SL last time when much less experienced, and against a much better batting lineup than India currently has. And as for the doomsday "the wheels will fall off Australia", haven't you Poms got any other story? We've been hearing this for years here, this "yet to hit rock bottom" silliness. England lost 3-0 in the UAE. I'd probably call that rock bottom. Australia has lost one very tight test series in the last two years+ (1-0 vs SA), and that's because they have a good team and play well at home and away. That's the reality you are going to have to acknowledge sooner or later. They are not suddenly going to become terrible because you dream about it. The problem is that the popular perception in the English media that Australia isn't very good is founded on bad logic, not performances.

  • shelts7 on January 30, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    I have to agree with what most people are saying here Maxwell cannot go to India as part time spin bowler when you cshould be taking the likes of O'keefe dohorty beer or even Kreysia. That all rounder spot should go to a proper all rounder like Henriques ro Steve Smith or even Coulter-Nile. David hussy would do abetter job than Maxwell but he has been dumped for no good reason.

  • Rabbito on January 30, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    The fact that SOK isn;t already cemented in the team as a certain starter in india is concrete evidence that picking a team on form and results has totally gone out the window. And as to the lack of quality spinners, its about time CA put some effort into training some, get ashley mallet into mentor some guys ect, or even as a specialist spin coach, there's not even a proper spin coach at the moment.

  • zenboomerang on January 30, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    With 5 seamers going on tour, it looks like CA are going with a 3 seam attack + 1 spinner - for me that would be foolish as the Poms failed with that in their 1st Test - then they went with 2 specialist spinners & won the series...

    While Maxwell has Symonds like FC stats, he has much to learn about self control... With Lyon the preferred spinner, we need a leftie for variation - Holland (injured) was next in line, Beer (injured), which leaves O'Keefe as not only the leading FC spinner this season (by a mile) but a handy bat - Doherty isn't in the picture with another poor FC season...

    Actually, none of the spinners including Lyon (except Maxwell 6+) get within 10 of O'Keefe's FC average so I can't see why he isn't being picked as a specialist though obviously an allrounder...

  • sappani on January 30, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    maxwell is not ready yet. He needs a little more time to know his game a bit better. My Team: Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja,Wade, O'Keefe, Lyon, Siddle, Starc.(Doherty, Johnson, Bird, Cowan and Doolan - reserves) Warner and Hussey will need to bowl a lot to be the third spineer. Michael Clarke as well. I'm afraid thats the best they can do. Unfortunate for Cown, but Khawaja is better suited to 6. Can that attack take 20 wickets, I doubt it, but thats the best they have.

  • oz_uk_2011 on January 30, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    I really can't see this guy making any impact whatsoever in the longer format. To be fair, I don't see Maxwell making much of an impact either, but if the Aussies go in with only one spinner (Lyon), the number 6 or 7 spot will need to be taken by a "bits and pieces" player. Reading the coaches views on Maxwell's bowling, you would expect him to get the nod ahead of Moises.

    Bits and pieces players don't get the job done in Test cricket, and therefore I would certainly go for the 6 specialist batsmen, with Doolan at 6 and Khawaja at 4. Watson to replace Cowan at the top of the order.

    If this doesn't eventuate, I really will feel that the selection panel have no idea about the game of cricket.

  • No1fan on January 30, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    Better? Don't think Maxwell has taken a single wicket in 7 ODIS. What a waste of space. Better to pick a young genuine spinner for India and build for the future.

  • bobagorof on January 30, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    "Learning patience has been something I have worked on with Warnie" - this was clearly demonstrated by his outburst on Monday night. Warne has shown himself recently to be anything but a good role model.

    How about we replace the retiring batsman with... a BATSMAN! Putting in a 'bits and pieces' player only demonstrates that you haven't got the selection right in other areas. An allrounder should be able to hold their spot on at least one of their skills - a genuine allrounder can do both. Arthur has admitted that Maxwell isn't good enough as a spinner so the question is: is he a Test class batsman? The evidence so far is 'Not Yet'. Let him score more than one first class hundred, then take another look.

  • hycIass on January 30, 2013, 0:55 GMT

    I don't think Maxwell deserves test selection but I think both Maxwell and Khawaja will be in the squad and i hope Khawaja gets the number 6 based on merit and performance. His fielding has yielded two run outs in his last two matches. His batting was faultless yesterday until a mis-cued lofted drive got him caught out on 69. He has 438 @ 40 in the Shield, 257 @ 51.4 in the Ryobi Cup, 206 @ 41.2, 56 against SL in the Chairman's XI match and 69 against WI in the PM's XI match, and he notched 138 against Tasmania in his second last shield game on a deck where no-one else passed 50(a team that included Bailey, Doolan, Paine, Cossie, Bird, Butterworth, Doherty and Faulkner). He he deserves selection as Mike Hussey's replacement, not on race but on merit.

  • Paul_Rampley on January 29, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    @Bredndon Edward i would like to think that we won't have to go through the tough route to figure out that Maxwell won't cut it at test level. I echo most poeple's comments in that Khawaja deserves the number 6 spot and either SOK or Doherty deserve the second spinner spot. Lets not go with half baked options and pick guys who can neither bat or bowl but go for guys who are very good in their trades i.e Khawaja as batsman who can bowl some offies(got Sanga out in the chairman's X1) and either Doherty or SOK for the second spinner spot

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 29, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Why do we need a spinner anyway? We have some great pacers. Why not pick them?

  • Cricket_theBestGame on January 29, 2013, 22:55 GMT

    i never understood why micky arthur was made aust coach? he has absolutley no idea!! the way he favoured shaun marsh when he was struggling shows his worth!!

    now saying maxwell will be the allrounder bowling offies in india..what deh!! the great shane warne struggled in india so a guy like maxwell who is overrated anyway (and can get easily agitated, not a good quality for a spinner!) will eat dust in india.

    this new selection team and coach are stuffing up aust cricket big time!!

  • Will90 on January 29, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    Personally, I just don't see what Maxwell adds to the Test team based on what's he shown so far. Our attack should be made up of two quicks and two spinners (I'd like Lyon and one of O'Keefe/Krezja to be given the chance to prove their skills in fifth-day conditions), with Watson used _sparingly_ (give him the Pattinson-style 12 overs maximum per innings) and Warner/Clarke for part-time spin. Khawaja would be better than Maxwell as a replacement for Hussey.

  • Moppa on January 29, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Lots of sensible comments here about the bizareness of the selections obsession with Maxwell and bits-and-pieces allrounders in general here - @blink182alex, I agree exactly! Even the Maxwell sympathisers here (e.g. @dwblurb) acknowledge that he's a batsman who bowls a bit, not the other way around - so 1) he's not an alternative to a second specialist spinner, and 2) he has to be judged on his batting. Whilst his first-class stats are deceptively encouraging, he's not much more than a slogger with a good eye. His technique looked appalling in the Adelaide ODI v SL. He's streets behind Khawaja, Doolan or D.Hussey as a first-class batsman. I have no problem with him flying economy class to India as a 'development player', but he simply can't play in a Test and displace a genuine batsman. @thebowlersHolding can see the obvious similarities with England's failed Samit Patel experiment and yet three months later the Australian selectors are looking to repeat it!

  • mikey76 on January 29, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    Tumbarumbar, much as FFL tends to go over the top the idea that 2-3 players performed in India and the rest were passengers is a slight exaggeration. Prior played beautifully throughout, Compton was solid and occupied the crease, KP played a great innings in Mumbai while Bell and Trott both made vital contributions after slow starts. The reason Australia won't do as we'll as England is down to the quality in the spin dept.

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on January 29, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    O'Keefe is a better option than Maxwell. I like to watch Maxwell in limited overs but for test cricket he should play as a batter.. His bowling may be compared to Andrew Symonds and everyone knows how Indian Batters treated Symonds the bowler..If Selectors want to try Maxwell in test then India is not the best of the places to start with..

  • blink182alex on January 29, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    I've said it many times, i'm seriously worried by the coaches and selectors continued talk up of bits and pieces all rounders.

    For India Australia NEED to select the best 6 batsmen, a keeper, and then the best 4 bowlers for the conditions.

    These Henriques, Smith and Maxwell options won't cut it, 'he bowled a good 2 overs in Hobart and bowled well in the T20's'. Seriously, you don't select someone like Maxwell to bowl spin in India to Indian batsmen who play spin well, based on 9 overs of limited overs bowling. O'Keefe has been consistent at first class level for a number of years, he has had a good Sheffield Shield this season where he's been the standout spinner, it just seems so obvious but i get a strong feeling the continued talk up of Maxwell means he'll be in India next month.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on January 29, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    In India you need your fast bowlers to swing the ball, and you need you spinners to turn the ball. Part time bowlers do not work (Samit Patel). That rules Maxwell out. Guys like Lyon and Doherty who bowl darts will get murdered out there. Your pace men need to swing it. Banging it in does not work. England won in India because Panesar and Swann turned the ball, and Anderson swung it. Pick you best exponents of swing and spin. Never seen O'Keefe play but if he can turn the ball then get him in the side. I honestly think it could be 4-0 India. The wheels are going to come off big time for the Aussies

  • Tumbarumbar on January 29, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Good heavens FFL, England manage to win a test series against India 2 - 1 with one batsman scoring over half the team's runs and only one seamer getting any wickets and you are prodding on about the all around skills of the team? It would be like we Australians talking about the test team's marvelous batting record based solely on M. Clarke.

  • _Australian_ on January 29, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    Bradman-the-greatest aka front-foot-lunge. You don't need to be a big turner of the ball to be a great spinner. Oh and by the way when Swann went through your academy Rod Marsh was running it.

  • Big_Maxy_Walker on January 29, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    i am really starting to question the selectors sanity. maxwell should be developed in the t20 games until he is consistent there, then odis and so on. its all hype with no results

  • sando31 on January 29, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    My team for the indian tests:

    Warner,Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade, Haddin(keeper), O'keefe, Johnson/Bird/Starc, Lyon

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on January 29, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    @ Gilly4ever, I nearly died of laughing at your first post: Lyon is a seamer as he doesn't and never has spin/spun the ball before. And Doherty? How did he get on against England last Ashes? England are light years ahead of teams like India and Australia in terms of skill/fitness (and basically every facet required for the sport), as an Australian fan you will have born witness to that time and again in recent years. But how long can Australia's cupboard continue to be so empty? Are club-rate bowlers the best they can do? Why do you employ seamers to do the spinners role? I've given up laughing at the current state of Australian cricket, I'm beginning to feel an ounce of pity for it. How many years since Warne left? And still no progress? What is a shame is that Australia's problems are of their own making and mean at least another ten years in limbo at the bottom of the rankings.

  • ozziespirit on January 29, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Although I'm an Aussie, I fear for our boys this India tour. Lyon has been so much of a laughing stock in the last few months, from everything from his inability to spin the ball to the fact that he never really threatens, and there is no one else to speak of. When England won there recently, they had two quality spinners to do the job. We have to pick from a couple of guys that really only bowl darts, with Lyon bowling the odd slow dart. What is happening in our academies so that England produce a Swann, and we produce a Maxwell or Lyon?

  • venkatesh018 on January 29, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    Lillian Thomson...just 2 changes in your Test XI... drop O Keefe, Wade and replace them with Starc and Khwaja. Haddin can keep wickets and bat at No.6. He is capable enough player against spin. Wade is highly suspect against quality spin.

  • Gordo85 on January 29, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Lyon shouldn't go he has been bowling trash recently even at State level. You need to pick two people who deserve it and not just because they say they have noone else.(That is so lame if that is the excuse) I am thinking they will take Maxwell as maybe as a back up to Watson. Usman is still a maybe but he keeps on finding ways to get himself out for Australia. At Test level in the past he didn't do enough he got given chances and started failing(six Tests and only one fifty) Doherty come on surely he can't get selected if he does get selected to go India will dominate him rather easy. All I know is O'Keefe to me is the number one and this hurts me because he is from NSW but he does deserve it. Rogers would nearly need to be a certainty to make the squad. I think that the people are right they don't want to take two of the same sort of bowlers eg Slow Left Arm Orthadox but having said that if Holland was fit they should take O'Keefe and Holland because they deserve it and even Beer.

  • KhanMitch on January 29, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Without a doubt the number 6 has to be Khawaja unless we are thinking of slotting him in at 4 with Cowan to sit out but i think Cowan deserves one final chance too. In my opinion Henriques at 25 has a lot going for him and could well be a potential test playe but needs more time. .Steve Smith is not far behind him but if he is going to bowl he needs to improve markedly there. Has potential as a batsman though. Maxwell I think is about 2 years shy of test cricket. Got the potential but lacks the temperament yet. Needs to keep working on his batting and bowling which can too easily fall into the mediocre class at stages.These 3 will blossom but not yet. In term of batsmsman David Hussey deserved to be dropped from the ODIs and may find it tough to make the Indian squad as he is averaging 14 in sheidl this season. Usman deserves the first crack and deservingly so as he is averaging above 40 in shield, Ryobi and Big Bash. Hughes and Khawaja are our 2 best batsman right now.

  • Wefinishthis on January 29, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    shhanks - Why do you believe Haddin is good against spin? The facts state that he has an awful record against spin in India. He's never even gone past 50 in any of his India away innings. In fact he has a very poor batting record full stop. Wade's already scored almost as many hundreds and in more difficult circumstances too. Haddin is just not a great batsman and his dropped regulation catch off a Pattinson delivery right before he left the test team sealed the deal for me. He would also be the oldest member of the team right now. Wade is the man for the no.7 job right now and that's coming from a NSW supporter! This article is about Maxwell and it seems that it's almost unanimous that everyone agrees that Lyon and SOK are the two men for the job. Just a shame the selectors will cost us yet another series.

  • Mad_Hamish on January 29, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    dwblurb, yes Maxwell averages 42 in first class cricket. With 1 100. He's averaging 22.50 with the bat in the Shield this year, last summer he averaged 35.92 with 0 100s. In 2010-11 he made his 1 100 and 2 50s from 5 innings. So burst onto the scene and then people figured him out and he's struggled. He hasn't taken a wicket in one dayers yet. He's averaging under 15 in 20-20s and under 25 in ODIs with the bat. Now India isn't the batting lineup it used to be but they;re likely to murder his bowling and his last 2 shield seasons don't suggest that he'll be much use with the bat in foreign conditions

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on January 29, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    So ..... we are planning to take a spinner to India (home of some of the best players in the world of spin) who is on a crash course to learn how to bowl? What could go wrong? I notice there were lots of quotes re Maxwell but Arthur never appears to be asked about O'Keefe in the reports of his press conferences i see. Why not? India toned back the spinning pitches in the England series as Swann & Panesar were superior to their bowlers. Cant see that happening this time

  • Edwards_Anderson on January 29, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    If Maxwell is picked at 6 he won't last there and we will learn the hard way that he is not ready for test cricket. At least by the ashes this fascination with him will be over.

    My squad of 16 would be as follows:

    Cowan Warner Hughes Watson Clarke Khawaja Wade Johnson Pattinson Siddle Lyon

    O'Keeffe 12th

    res

    Maxwell Bailey Bird Starc

    Khawaja has to be at 6 and we should give him the full series in India to show what he can do. Khawaja is getting advice from Boof and Boof's innings in Galle was one of the best against Spin and he has already good Khawaja more aggressive this year and hopefully this translates to the Indian tour. Boof who stroked 63 and 129 against Muttiah Muralitharan's Sri Lanka on a "raging turner" at Galle in 2004 is the best person for Khawaja to go to

  • HowdyRowdy on January 29, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    SOK's numbers and experience indicate that he should fill the second spinning spot for the Indian tour in preference to Maxwell. That said, I reckon that Maxwell is an outstanding prospect who should have a great career ahead of him.

    The Indian tour shapes as a challenging one for an Australian team that is facing a period of upheaval and uncertainty. I reckon that this isn't the tour for players who are still very much works in progress.

    Perhaps SOK'S is facing a traditional reluctant of Australian cricket to place much faith in left arm orthodox types. They have played a pretty minor role in the Test team over the years.

  • crh8971 on January 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    I have no problem with them taking Maxwell to India if they see him as a bit of a project player as long as they take two actual front line spinners. In my opinion that should be Lyon and O'Keefe as the incumbent and pretty much the only spinner with a strong record at first class level. They also have the advantage of spinning the ball in opposite directions. In fact I would be happy for them to take another one or two spinners and treat the tour as an intensive training camp. Provided they take a specialist spin coach like Ashley Mallet with them. For the balance of the team they may be better off with an all rounder who gives them a medium pace option. This would allow them to play 5 specialist batsmen, a wicket keeper, an all rounder, 2 spinners and 2 quicks. My 11 would be Warner, Cowan, Kawahja, Clarke, Wade, Henriques, O'Keefe, Pattinson, Siddle & Lyon. I would take 2 of Starc, Bird & Johnson in the squad along with Doolan as a back up batsmen,

  • shhanks on January 29, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Maxwell is not ready for test matches.He is still young.There are other far deserving candidates.Against India in India u need someone with enough skills,talent and strong mental character.Maxwell till date lacks them!!!.Evan wade cannot be promoted to NO.6 position.Why on earth he is picked against haddin in test matches???Haddin keeping and batting against spin is far better then wade...he should be picked ahead of him in test matches for India...

  • Sunil_Batra on January 29, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    Khawaja all the way. I am a fan of Maxwell in the shorter format but i hope the selectors dont take him for test match cricket. i want him to work on his game and especially his batting but i really believe he has natural talent and will be a asset for australia in a couple of years. For the Indian tour Khawaja would be my picks as batsman. My team for India would be Warner, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Lynn Wade, Johnson, Pattinson, Lyon, Bird. with Siddle, O'keefe and Marsh in the squad.My Team for England would be Warner, Watson, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Wade, Cutting, Zampa, Siddle, Pattinson, Bird. with Burns, Starc and Marsh in the squad. No Johnson as he doesn't do well in England and cant handle the english fans and press. And another 70 from Khawaja in the PMs match against the Windies so he continues to pile on the runs.

  • on January 29, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    @ whofriggincares .... you are probably correct, Maxwell will probably go to India. And do you want to know why I think this?? It's go nothing to do with his potential or his ability or what he has done this season .... it's for two reason 1) there has been two stories featuring Maxwell in the past few days meaning CA is in propaganda mode (Whatever happened to Quiney??), 2) His arrogant, belligerent attitude that he displayed last night .... I think he has already been told because no one who was on the precipice of being on a tour would behave like that!!!

    As a Rep Coach you should know that "even the minnows look good in the nets". Many good club players can't play First Class cricket and many good First Class Cricketers don't make it at the representative level. At the moment he has shown very little wearing Aust Colours.

    If he proves me wrong I will say I am wrong, but why would you take another spinner if you take Wade as wicket keeper.

  • V.Jammy on January 29, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I fear that Aussies will take this series 2-1 just like the English did! Because Team India is facing lot of problems. The team of 15 guys selected for a series looks good, but the playing 11 selected on the 1st morning of a test makes everyone crazy because they are selected more on past reputation than the current form. Half of the team plays like a 50 over match thinking that scoring a 50 is enough & team score of 300 runs is a winning score. In test matches if a Batsman plays lot of dot balls, it puts pressure on Bowler to try something different to take his wicket. In that process, Batsman gets opportunity to score good runs. But our ODI specialist Batsmen loose their patience much earlier than the oppositon bowlers. They don't like to wait until the Bowler would loose his patience. And in this process, gift away their wickets. And I think, its not needed to make special comments on our very very impatient Test Bowlers. Everyone knows this fact!!

  • Sledgendary on January 29, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    To 'cover every base we can', I can only conclude that a larger than normal test squad will be selected for the tour of India. To meet all the selection criteria that has been put forward, I believe the following squad will be selected BATSMEN 1) Warner 2) Cowan 3) Hughes 4) Watson 5) Clarke 6) Khawaja KEEPERS 7) Wade 8) Haddin ALLROUNDERS 9) Maxwell 10) Henriques SPINNERS 11) Lyon 12) O'Keefe or Doherty SEAMERS 13) Siddle 14) Pattinson 15) Johnson 16) Starc 17) Bird NB: These are not my selections, just predictions.

  • hycIass on January 29, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Will be a huge error if we go for Maxwell when we have SOK, Moses, Faulner all btter ALLAROUNDERS. Khawaja has to be our number 6. I wasn't so sure when we took Khawaja from NSW but the move has paid off. His season started beautifully, with a well-made 90 in Queenslandâ??s first Shield game of the season. He followed that with two more Shield fifties and his first Shield century for the Bulls on a rough Bellerive deck in Hobart, as well as another fifty for the Cricket Australia Chairmanâ??s XI he was captaining against Sri Lanka in Canberra.Heâ??s topping the runs tally for Queensland in both competitions, and was the standout Thunder batsman. His strike rates have lifted across the board compared to both his career figures and his last season for NSW. Khawaja might just be Queenslandâ??s best-performed New South Wales import since Greg Inglis and we are happy to have him here in Queensland.

  • Mary_786 on January 29, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Big misktake if we take Maxwell as allrounder, SOK is a better allrounder and so are about 5 other allrounders. The number 6 spot should go to Khawaja, another 70 today in the PM's game and his fielding looks brilliant. He is averaging above 40 in all 3 formats and was stand in batsman for the last 2 tests so lets get him in. And SOK or Doherty should be our backup spinners.

  • featurewriter on January 29, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    I love Maxwell's energy in the field. He reminds me of a young Punter. I'd like to see more of him before exposure to the Test arena though. Lyon will go as the number one spinner to India. I think we'd be better served taking Krezja (who did well there previously), Hauritz (who has plenty of experience), Doherty (who has displayed cunning and guile in the shorter form) or a young leggie like Boyce as the second spinner. I think the 15 for India are pretty well locked in: Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja, Wade, Johnson, Bird, Siddle Lyon, Starc, Pattinson, Haddin, Maxwell (though I'm not convinced he deserves the spot). I think Henriques and Faulkner will be on the fringe.

  • Dashgar on January 29, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Maxwell averages 42 with the bat and 33 with the ball in first class cricket. O'Keefe averages 30 with the bat and 27 with the ball. Now that we have the facts right lets continue a serious discussion without stupid statements. Mervo I'm looking at you.

  • Mervo on January 29, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    O'Keefe has a far better average in first class cricket in both bowling and batting, but being from VIC Maxwell is a shoe in!

  • rezmata on January 29, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Soo overrated! Like Smith (was the next Clark LOL), Finch (the basher LOL couldnt get one over the infeild), Laughfin (the best death bowler LOL), Wade (when they says hes a Gilchrist LOL), D Hussy (A test replacement LOL). We loose quality players due to such players. We lost Mathew Elliot, Hodge, Paine, nearly lost M Hussy etc.

  • CricketMaan on January 29, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Aus should go outside to recurit some spinners, they have done that with Fawad but he is largely unknown at this level. ECB's biggest strategy to POACH best cricketers has worked wonders. NZ is now following thier Colonials..so should Aus for thier betterment. I'm sure they can do well with SL born mystery spinners or even PAK. There are a plenty who are not able to play at higher level due to lack of oppurutnities. Go CA Go to SL and Pak and start recuriting.

  • whofriggincares on January 29, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I was coaching under 18 rep cricket in 05/06 and was hearing Maxwells name everywhere we went. He was being spoken about as an extremely talented lad, perhaps even a "once in a generation player". Most people are judging him on what they have seen in the short form games against Sri Lanka, think about the situations when he has been in at the crease . Not much of a chance to impress.He averages 42 with the bat in FC cricket (khawaja averages 43 over a longer period of course) and actually has a decent technique when he is not expected to bash every ball.He averages 33 with the ball at FC (okeefe 27 and they both average the same at list A) As a young spin bowler he will only improve. The people who actually know what they are talking about ( high level coaches and professional talent spotters) have had a very high opinion of him ever since he was 17. He will go to India no doubt. I have the feeling it will be the making of him. Wonder how many keyboard heroes will admit they are wrong

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I would have thought if we go with two quicks and two spinners we are better of picking a Macdonald type player than Maxwell.

  • Shaggy076 on January 29, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Its good that he is improving his bowling, hopefully in 12 months time he might reach Clarke and Warner standard. Seriously since we have these two bowling better than Maxwell, rather than go down this path we might as well pick the next best batsman.

  • RednWhiteArmy on January 29, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I think Khawajahma, GS Sandhu & Ahmed are the future for australia. What will RandyOz say about these imports?

  • Taz66 on January 29, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Maxwell has the potential to be a good batting all-rounder but is too much of a bits and pieces player at the current moment in time. Australia should certainly take O'Keefe who has a fantastic first-class record and can offer runs down the order.

  • LillianThomson on January 29, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    What a dumb idea.

    England lost the First Test in India because they played a "spinning all-rounder" (Samit Patel) alongside Graeme Swann and omitted the superior skills of Monty Panesar. As soon as they reversed that dumb decision they started to win instead of losing - and reducing to 2 quick bowlers was a key ingredient for this.h

    India will clearly produce similar slow, spinning tracks to render Australia's quicks irrelevant.

    Australia's first two names on the teamsheet in India should be Lyon and O'Keefe. Add Siddle as a reverse winger and Johnson as a second quick who can score 50-60 runs in the match. Those are your numbers 8, 9, 10 and 11 in the batting order. If there's a place for Maxwell it has to be as a number 6 Test batsman who can turn his arm over. I can't see it.

    And Watto can bowl - just not 48 overs in a Test.

    1. Warner 2. Cowan 3. Hughes 4. Watson 5. Clarke 6. Haddin 7. Wade (wk) 8. Johnson 9. Siddle 10. O'Keefe 11. Lyon.

  • Nerk on January 29, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Maxwell is not good enough at the moment to bat at international level and not good enough to bowl at international level. Why is he being shown such favouritism? Is he going to be a specialist fielder? O'Keefe's domestic form over a number of seasons against all opponents, from weak sides to strong sides, deserves to be rewarded. Yes, he is not the biggest turner of the ball, but neither is Dan Vettori and he hasn't done too badly at international level. He has good control over pace, and is accurate. Beer is also a good option, though would weaken the batting. But Maxwell needs to be given a rest. Rotated out of the squad for a small period.

  • _Australian_ on January 29, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    I would definately take Lyon and O'Keefe. Because they are the best 2 test spinners we have currently. I think it is not wise trying to constantly find an allrounder. Except for the odd anomaly like Flintoff, Kallis etc. usually there are better batters and better bowlers to be selected. Whatever happened to picking the 5 best batsmen, 5 best bowlers and the best keeper? By selecting an allrounder, if he is not bowling up to scratch or not bowling enough overs it puts extra duties on the other bowlers and as a result you get more injuries. This is the current Australian problem. Their answer is rotation but if you actually pick the 5 best bowlers who share the load then injuies are less likely to happen. We were fortunate in the past to have a champion in Warne who could bowl a lot of overs and take a lot of the load. Why can't the selectors pick the best of a 5/1/5 combination for tests and forget this allrounder thing? To be honest most of our bowlers can hold a bat anyway.

  • Big-Dog on January 29, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    To answer some questions...Steve Smith has been given inumerable chances in all formats for Australia & has never made any significant contribution in any of them. He should never be selected for Australia again. O'Keefe will need to do more than take wickets on a friendly wicket against a weak state side to force his way into the side. Lyon, Doherty & Beer have much more international experience.

  • binu.emiliya on January 29, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    @ himohan007,He(RJ) is a young cricketer with a good attitude....GM also good when they played aginst PAK in UAE I think he played well Saeed Ajmal in that series.So let us wait and see these two future all-rounders or utility players.I think these kind of players are a captain's delight.

  • Ericj on January 29, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Australia need a couple of good spin bowlers like England have. The selectors can identify 3 to 4 spinners and not only play them but also specially train them. Good spinners can be effective on any surface. Graeme Swann is a good example. Any runs that these spinners can score is a bonus but they need to to be good bowlers first.

  • Wefinishthis on January 29, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Play him as a batsman at no.6 instead of Watson, I could live with that because Watson's not much of a red-ball batsman anyway (awesome with the white ball though), but he's in no way our next best spinner. It's a no brainer that SOK and Lyon are the only two viable spinners in the country right now. Krejza is far too expensive, Hauritz is just an older and slightly worse version of Lyon, Zampa is too inexperienced, Doherty, Holland, Beer and Boyce are barely good enough to play FC cricket for their state. It is an absolute no brainer that the two spinners should be SOK and Lyon, but I'm expecting the selectors to somehow screw up and pick Maxwell or Smith as the spin option as soon as some current or former cricketer opens their mouth in support of one of them on the eve of the team announcement.

  • yuvi_gladiator on January 29, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Australia better in almost all the aspects than the indian test team. india's biggest problem is that all the batsman will be trying to save their positions rather than winning the matches and we have all seen in the past what happens when they do that.... Aussie fast bowlers will be challenge and don't worry about maxwell bcz he wont get a game in tests on this tour

  • himohan007 on January 29, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    @binu.emiliya If that is true then Aus is deep trouble like Team India & CSK. If go through stat u can get the point. India lost all the WC in qual round after RJ included. Similarly CSK lost IPL 5 Cup and eliminated in CLT20 qual round itself after his inclusion from 2012.

  • Andrew202 on January 29, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I would love to know what Steve O'Keefe's done wrong to continually get ignored. It's amazing.

  • TheBigBoodha on January 29, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Ás @dwblurb suggests, players need time to develop. I admit, I haven't seen Maxwell in a long-format game, but he''s done really well every time I've seen him play in short format games. Far too many people knock players, especially those bought into the smash and bash game and expected to perform miracles right away. I actually like Maxwell's cocky attitude, including standing up to Mahela last night. He just did what the umpires should have done about 8 games ago of the tour, before all the self-described victim (turns-bully) stuff got out of control.

  • binu.emiliya on January 29, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Reading all these comments i got one point,Glen Maxwell is the Australian version of Raveendra Jadeja!

  • Cricket316 on January 29, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Steve O' Keefe and Steve Smith are much better than Maxwell.. Steve Smith really is a committed Cricketer and more than decent All Rounder(if he bowls more). I dont understand the Hype about ? What actually has this guy done ? Even during last match, the commentators were cheering,he's the man to do it.. Yeah.. Talking about his nickname rather than talking about Cricket. Aus Lost the match because of his sheer Arrogance,after hitting 2 fours, the ball was at the similar length n line. But his Overconfidence cost him. When he couldn't hit the ball, he blamed Mahela (1 of the gr8s) n other SL's and i think he wanted to be in the Spotlight yesterday(He did that, ugh ) What about his Attitude.. I haven't seen any1 react that way after losing a match. Really not a good sign, from Crickets perspective.

  • smudgeon on January 29, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Er, yeah - I'm with RJHB, this sounds a little like Steven Smith rebooted. I have no doubt he's a talented munchkin, but I'm going to echo the words of so many others: what does SOK have to do to get a look-in? If domestic performance is the yardstick for selection - as it should be, and I'm sure the new-look selection panel have said this - I'm a little worried that Maxwell is getting more column-space than O'Keefe ever has. And for Micky Arthur to say that Maxwell is coming along nicely in the nets is a bit of a disservice to O'Keefe, who just took 8 wickets against a fairly good WA team in a competitive environment. I worry a little that Michael Beer and Glenn Maxwell seem to be more highly regarded than one of the best performed and most consistent tweakers in recent Australian domestic history. Still, I'm sure Micky Arthur knows better than most of us armchair commentators...

  • Mitty2 on January 29, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    On stats alone, it's obvious the talent is there for Maxwell. But it would be so incredibly detrimental for him to be chucked into the deep end of India, let alone his debut. But the experience with the Australian team will be very good for him when he returns to shield, just please don't pick him for tests for this year.

    I honestly see no need for an allrounder currently, and for the future in the test set up. Having that 5th bowler (allrounder) is only needed if you're bowling attack is brittle and incapable of taking 20 wickets (which ours most definitely isn't), and if the conditions are perfectly suited for batting, and even so, you'd still want 6 specialist bats plus the keeper to exploit those conditions. Once Maxwell or even henriques have got batting records to indicate selection as a specialist batsmen, then thy should be considered, with a bonus in the team of their bowling. Same goes with Watson. XI: warner cowan Hughes Clarke Watson khawaja wade o'keefe starc siddle Lyon.

  • Meety on January 29, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Gilly4ever on (January 29 2013, 06:45 AM GMT) - this is about the 4th time you have tried to compare to MacGill! It is ridiculous to compare the two, they are NOTHING alike. MacGill was superior in all aspects of bowling & turned the ball a mile more than Doherty. Then there is the simple differences like MacGill was a righthanded legspin bowler & Doherty is a left handed offie. They are polar opposites. Maybe if you said Funky Miller who at least is an offie, there would be some sort of similarity - he did okay in India. @dwblurb on (January 29 2013, 06:59 AM GMT) - well said. At the end of the day Maxwell has a good FC batting record & has a decent base to develop from. His bowling has started well, but he really should NOT be selected for his bowling in a National team - it is just a bonus really (like his fielding). @RJHB on (January 29 2013, 06:35 AM GMT) - I don't believe SO'K is the better fielder & at the moment is a tough call to say SO'K is the better batsmen too!

  • dwblurb on January 29, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Further to my previous comment, I'd love to see Steve O'Keefe get a go. Lyon and O'Keefe as the two spinners. I see Maxwell as a batsman who can bowl, and I'm pretty sure the selectors concur.

  • Anks_666 on January 29, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    my Squad for australia ; Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Warner, Wade, Khwaja, Lyon, O'Keefe, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Starc, J Pattinson. (Clarke can bowl better than Maxwell).. If given a chance to put Extra Batsmen I'll go for S. Marsh.

  • Aren789 on January 29, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    If they are looking for an allrounder then they can also look for Chris White since his hard hitting batting will be an asset.

  • SamRoy on January 29, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    He will be the new Cameron White, if he plays the test series.

  • venkatesh018 on January 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Maxwell as spinning allrounder in the Test XI-really a god-send for the out-of-form Indian batting lineup. Even Dhoni will fancy his chances to improve his Test average.

  • dwblurb on January 29, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Ahem, Matth and Mad_Hamish, Maxwell averages 42 with the bat at FC level and 33 with the ball (27 wickets). Both compare pretty favourably with most other batsmen and spin bowlers in Australia at present. Like a lot of players on the fringes of Australian selection he struggles to get a consistent run at FC level, but when he has played his performances have been very good. Some people who comment here expect any new player to be the complete package straight away, and if they are not they bag them mercilessly. It's quite sad to read, really.

  • PadMarley on January 29, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Oh my god! Does this guy really deserve a full page article ? I'm not saying he will be a failure... anyone with hard working will do good.... but common!! what has this guy done to show at least a bit of potential??

  • Meety on January 29, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    "... the left-armer Steve O'Keefe has also made a strong case with eight wickets in a Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales over the past week. O'Keefe is the leading spin bowler in the Shield this summer with 17 victims at 24.29, and his overall first-class figures of 78 wickets at 27.33 are encouraging." - Given the context of SO'Ks 78 wickets, I would say his credentials are a heck of a lot more than encouraging! He is performing better than our 2 other leading Test spinners (Hauritz/Lyon) in Shield cricket by a long way.

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 29, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Not for tests please. For me, Nathan Lyon is a lock and it is out of Doherty versus Steven O'Keefe for the second spinner slot.

    In Doherty's favour, he has an excellent record against Sri Lanka (though this is against India) and his technique seems likely to suit subcontinental pitches, like it did for Stuart MacGill (remember that MacGill was fantastic in the subcontinent while Warne was somewhat ordinary). Doherty also has a lot of international experience, albeit only in ODIs and T20s. Doherty has made his test debut though, but had poor figures.

    In O'Keefe's favour is that O'Keefe has a much better FC bowling average, and also can bat a bit. While O'Keefe does have international experience, it was only in T20s and was a while ago. O'Keefe did do well in his most recent match though. The suggestion is that O'Keefe doesn't turn it much and hence will be easily dealt with at international level.

    I would go for Doherty but it is a toss up. Maxwell shouldn't be considered.

  • on January 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    The panel's words suggest they're going to overlook Khawaja and leave him...

  • RaadQ on January 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Maxwell is a joke of a bowler, he wouldn't make it to a subcontinental team's C side. He will be heavily exploited and dropped after the tour of India, and then everyone will forget the "big show".

  • RJHB on January 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Its pretty funky that Maxwell gets all the kisses and cuddles from the coach and selectors whilst surely superior performers like O'Keefe haven't even really been mentioned. The latter is superior to Maxwell in every department, bowling, batting, perhaps fielding and very definitely in leadership, yet the fascination continues, as it did with Steve Smith for a while. And as for Watson not bowling again, said who??? Watson? What happened to, "if he's not fit to bowl, he's not fit to play as batsman only"? Pretty sure Watson doesn't dictate policy, or does he? He is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH as a batsman only. Maybe missing a tour or two might sting him and change his terrible attitude.

  • Mad_Hamish on January 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    If Maxwell is bowling that well why a) does he average under 5 overs per ODI? b) hasn't he taken a ODI wicket yet? c) did he only bowl 2 overs in the last ODI?

    Frankly he's not worth a place as a bowler in ODI's and with 1 first class 100 he's not worth a spot as a batsman either. I see no reason to predict that he'll suddenly do better in tests than he has at first class level. He's obviously got some talent but with a first class batting average or 22.50 this season and only 7 wickets in first class cricket this season it's hard to see how he'd justify being picked for a squad yet.

  • Matth on January 29, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well this constant hyping of Maxwell with no actual results to back it up is becoming embarrassing. It's right up there with: - he's batting well in the nets - Shaun Marsh is a classy player (when averaging 3) - EVery comment about Steven Smith

  • Matth on January 29, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well this constant hyping of Maxwell with no actual results to back it up is becoming embarrassing. It's right up there with: - he's batting well in the nets - Shaun Marsh is a classy player (when averaging 3) - EVery comment about Steven Smith

  • Mad_Hamish on January 29, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    If Maxwell is bowling that well why a) does he average under 5 overs per ODI? b) hasn't he taken a ODI wicket yet? c) did he only bowl 2 overs in the last ODI?

    Frankly he's not worth a place as a bowler in ODI's and with 1 first class 100 he's not worth a spot as a batsman either. I see no reason to predict that he'll suddenly do better in tests than he has at first class level. He's obviously got some talent but with a first class batting average or 22.50 this season and only 7 wickets in first class cricket this season it's hard to see how he'd justify being picked for a squad yet.

  • RJHB on January 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Its pretty funky that Maxwell gets all the kisses and cuddles from the coach and selectors whilst surely superior performers like O'Keefe haven't even really been mentioned. The latter is superior to Maxwell in every department, bowling, batting, perhaps fielding and very definitely in leadership, yet the fascination continues, as it did with Steve Smith for a while. And as for Watson not bowling again, said who??? Watson? What happened to, "if he's not fit to bowl, he's not fit to play as batsman only"? Pretty sure Watson doesn't dictate policy, or does he? He is JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH as a batsman only. Maybe missing a tour or two might sting him and change his terrible attitude.

  • RaadQ on January 29, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Maxwell is a joke of a bowler, he wouldn't make it to a subcontinental team's C side. He will be heavily exploited and dropped after the tour of India, and then everyone will forget the "big show".

  • on January 29, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    The panel's words suggest they're going to overlook Khawaja and leave him...

  • Ozcricketwriter on January 29, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Not for tests please. For me, Nathan Lyon is a lock and it is out of Doherty versus Steven O'Keefe for the second spinner slot.

    In Doherty's favour, he has an excellent record against Sri Lanka (though this is against India) and his technique seems likely to suit subcontinental pitches, like it did for Stuart MacGill (remember that MacGill was fantastic in the subcontinent while Warne was somewhat ordinary). Doherty also has a lot of international experience, albeit only in ODIs and T20s. Doherty has made his test debut though, but had poor figures.

    In O'Keefe's favour is that O'Keefe has a much better FC bowling average, and also can bat a bit. While O'Keefe does have international experience, it was only in T20s and was a while ago. O'Keefe did do well in his most recent match though. The suggestion is that O'Keefe doesn't turn it much and hence will be easily dealt with at international level.

    I would go for Doherty but it is a toss up. Maxwell shouldn't be considered.

  • Meety on January 29, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    "... the left-armer Steve O'Keefe has also made a strong case with eight wickets in a Sheffield Shield match for New South Wales over the past week. O'Keefe is the leading spin bowler in the Shield this summer with 17 victims at 24.29, and his overall first-class figures of 78 wickets at 27.33 are encouraging." - Given the context of SO'Ks 78 wickets, I would say his credentials are a heck of a lot more than encouraging! He is performing better than our 2 other leading Test spinners (Hauritz/Lyon) in Shield cricket by a long way.

  • PadMarley on January 29, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Oh my god! Does this guy really deserve a full page article ? I'm not saying he will be a failure... anyone with hard working will do good.... but common!! what has this guy done to show at least a bit of potential??

  • dwblurb on January 29, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Ahem, Matth and Mad_Hamish, Maxwell averages 42 with the bat at FC level and 33 with the ball (27 wickets). Both compare pretty favourably with most other batsmen and spin bowlers in Australia at present. Like a lot of players on the fringes of Australian selection he struggles to get a consistent run at FC level, but when he has played his performances have been very good. Some people who comment here expect any new player to be the complete package straight away, and if they are not they bag them mercilessly. It's quite sad to read, really.

  • venkatesh018 on January 29, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Maxwell as spinning allrounder in the Test XI-really a god-send for the out-of-form Indian batting lineup. Even Dhoni will fancy his chances to improve his Test average.