The Ashes 2010-11 December 11, 2010

MacGill slams selection panel

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart MacGill, the former Australian Test legspinner, has slammed the decision of his country's selectors to call up Michael Beer, a slow left-armer who has played just five first-class games, for the third Ashes Test at Perth next week.

"I am gobsmacked, shocked, I honestly cannot believe it," MacGill told Sydney's Daily Telegraph. "The team will have to change again after the next Test. Good on Michael Beer, good bloke and good player, but look at this as a job interview and show me his qualifications to get this job. He doesn't have any. He is not qualified for the job they have given him. Sending him out there next week, what are they trying to do?"

MacGill, who played 44 Tests before his retirement in 2008, reserved particular criticism for comments made by Andrew Hilditch, the selection panel chairman.

"To be honest, from Andrew Hilditch's comments, he doesn't even really know who Michael Beer is. He said he'll bowl well in Perth because it's his home ground. I'm not sure Andrew thought those comments through before he made them.

"Look, Andrew Hilditch is a lovely bloke but someone needs to tell him Michael Beer has not spent his career playing at the WACA. Three games there and nothing better than a three-for. Honestly, there is no big picture here."

MacGill's criticism comes after left-arm spinner, Xavier Doherty, who was axed after the first two Tests, said the selectors were panicking when it came to picking slow bowlers. MacGill also expressed his dismay at the discarding of Nathan Hauritz, who has taken 63 wickets in 17 Tests, hit a maiden first-class hundred as a nightwatchman against South Australia on Wednesday and picked up a five-wicket haul in his last domestic game in Perth.

"Xavier Doherty was [an odd inclusion] too, to be honest. They are clearly telling Nathan Hauritz, 'you are never playing Test cricket again'. I don't understand that. Xavier Doherty should never have played the first two Tests. Michael Beer shouldn't be playing this one."

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  • Dummy4 on December 16, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    i agree with u stuart ... hauritz should have played from the star... it also sends wrong signals to the hauritz that they dont have much confidence in him... just want to want what made you retire in middle of the series in westides were selectors to be blamed for that????

  • Khaled on December 14, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Picking Michael Beer..I think the selectors were on "too much beer"..they were trying to reach for their favourite brand of beer from the shelf instead of thinking carefully to choose the right spinner for the cricket Test...but hang on I recall Shane Warne remarking to give Michael Beer a chance after the Adelaide Test, so that could be it.. but we all know what Shane is up to lately: too much beer and.....

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    What ever the reason,i do not want to see this as no cricket fan wants to be.whatever the process the selectors may follow the number of gambles they r taking is increasing day to day...and this can actually happen the ausies ending up the ashes not winning a single game!....

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 21:24 GMT

    Looks like Cricket Australia is headed by Mr. Ijaz Butt..!

  • Jpe on December 13, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    This makes me want to support a different team. Is it too late to start supporting Afghanistan? 2011 World Cup here we come!

  • Ajay on December 13, 2010, 10:09 GMT

    @Asif_Iqbal.. well said, bro; It's the tym, whn d 'Mighty' Australian Cricket World is sucked up of their successive failures, & der Fans, & Media is cricizing der own Team, & 'Legends' of the Game. In past, it is only said, that this Criticism, only happens in Pajistan, India, & in other Indian Sub-Continental Teams; but now dey r suffering the same Traught, in der own back-yard.. . How-evr, 4m her; they may win d Ashes, or e1 d World Cup, nxt Year; bt dis type of 'BLAME-GAME', is blowing up der own Images & Reputation, among d Other Sides, & d World..

  • Asif on December 13, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Thanks God I thought this is only happen in Pakitan

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    not bad.really wanna see what happen in 3rd test

  • Aaron on December 13, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    The whole selection process is a joke. Johnson comes back despite doing nothing to suggest he's back in form, Bollinger being played in Adelaide despite being unfit, considering dropping Siddle despite him being the only bowler whose bowled a couple of truly threatening spells, picking Beer who couldn't even get a game in Victoria because McGain and Holland were ahead of him, and that's just the bowling issues.

    Selection has been a massive weakness for Australia for years, only now due to Ponting and Clarke's poor form with the bat and teams figuring out how to bat against Johnson has it really affected our results.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Australians have picked little known spinners before Beer, and they have done quite well. Two names come to my mind. Peter Taylor was picked against West Indies in the early 90s, and 'Funky' Miller in late 90s. Both did quite well.

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