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    Bryce Mcgain- Should he tour SA?

    With the upcoming SA tour coming up this is one of a few selection quandary's the selectors will have to debate. At 36 he isn't a long term option but at this point in time is comfortably the best spin bowler in Australia. Do we select him or has he missed the boat completely?

    There's obviously no point taking him unless we see him as a first XI player imo. No point taking him and not playing him, he either tours and plays or stays at home. No point wasting a valuable squad position on him else when valuable experience can be gained by someone like Krejza or a more long term option.

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    No need to make this call just yet, but I'd definitely be taking him.

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    Big test coming up, obviously. Lets see him in the Sheffield Shield first...

    Be interesting to see what the reception is. He's not some ridiculous spnner of the ball, has very good accuracy and subtle variations. Can see him being knifed quickly if he doesn't do wll though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    No need to make this call just yet, but I'd definitely be taking him.
    Agreed


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    Think they'll need more than Bryce McGain to be honest. But why play a specialist spinner at all in SA? Clarke is decent enough to fill a few overs in
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    Think they'll need more than Bryce McGain to be honest. But why play a specialist spinner at all in SA? Clarke is decent enough to fill a few overs in
    Yeah that would make sense if the pitches for the upcoming series are lively seaming tracks that we expect to see in South Africa, but if they aren't then obviously there is a case of playing a spinner.


    I think too early to make a call on McGain, he is the best spinner in Australia by a mile, but the upcoming Shield game is a huge test for him, if he can show some form there then obviously he would be picked for South African tour, but there is also another thing that should be taken into account, he is not a bloke who has played much FC cricket, last season he played a full season of domestic cricket and which was soon followed by a shoulder problem, so at 36/37 is his body good enough to go through rigours of international cricket, that's another thing that's up for debate imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Langeveldt View Post
    Think they'll need more than Bryce McGain to be honest. But why play a specialist spinner at all in SA? Clarke is decent enough to fill a few overs in
    Indeed but that's not to say they shouldn't even bring him on the tour.

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    I'd rather McGain than Hauritz, and Krejza rather than either of them, until McGain gets back to his peak.

    At the moment anything would be better than the innocuous Hauritz, even a half fit McGain.

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    Hurts me to say this and I've never advocated this before but he should play with an eye on the Ashes. If he fails he's just another crappy spinner, if he succeeds we go into that serious with a serious boost. Obviously he needs to play well in the lead up.
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    What Jack said - we'll basically have to see how he goes in the one Shield game, and hopefully they'll play him in the 2nd XI match coming up as well, purely to get more overs under his belt and a chance to get some good performances on the board. (although what the selectors can take from performances against a non-FC unit as a guide for performances against SA's batting line up is questionable, other than the appearance of his bowling...)
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    Surely playing FRC matches will be better then 2nd XI games?
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    It would be better for him to get through some longer spells for his match fitness though, wouldn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    It would be better for him to get through some longer spells for his match fitness though, wouldn't it?
    If he was a certain selection yes. He will slip under the radar if Hauitz is taking wickets for Australia or NZ in ODs. Or if Crazy taking wickets for Tassie in ODs. For him it as much about showing he is a class above as much as the overs.

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    Well he's the only Aussie spinner who can be described as anything other than a joke-bowler.

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    Will head a long to the FC match against SA on Friday and check things out first hand.

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