Xavier Doherty is not a Test bowler, says Aussie spin mentor Stuart MacGill

MacGill defended Lyon despite the fact that he was expensive in the opening Test and maintained that the offie would be crucial to Australia's chances of a comeback in the four-match series.

updated: March 01, 2013 10:58 IST
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Melbourne, Australia: Australia's newly-appointed spin mentor Stuart MacGill has warned the team against bringing in Xavier Doherty for the second Test as he feels the left-arm tweaker is "not a Test bowler" and the move would boomerang on the visitors.

"Xavier Doherty is a great guy, but he is not a Test bowler," MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 47 Tests, told 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"I'm sure he is awesome for the team dynamic and in the past five years I would say he has been in Australia's top three short-form spinners. He is a fantastic short-form bowler, but I don't think Xavier brings that to Test cricket and his first-class record supports my argument," he said.

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