Stuart MacGill Biography
Stuart MacGill is a former Australian international cricketer who has played 44 Test matches and three ODIs. Born on 25th February 1951 in Perth, Western Australia, MacGill is widely regarded as one of the best leg spinners of his era.
MacGill was born in a family of first class cricketers with his father and grandfather having played for Western Australia.
Being an academy scholarship holder in 1991, he began his first class career in 1993 and in the 1996-97 season, he finished with 16 wickets at 37.00 while playing for New South Wales.
In January 1998, Stuart received a call-up to the national side for the third Test against South Africa at Adelaide. He took five wickets over the two innings, one more than that of the team’s talismanic spinner Shane Warne.
During the Australia tour of Pakistan in 1998, in the absence of Warne, MacGill registered his maiden five-wicket haul in international cricket in the first innings of the Rawalpindi Test. He was the highest wicket-taker in the three-match series with 15 wickets.
Rise to glory
After the stellar performances in the test, MacGill was selected to play in the Ashes and he registered an impressive 27 wicket haul with 7/20 at Sydney.
Stuart was dropped from the team subsequently due to poor performance and the domination of Shane Warne as the sole spinner in the team. After the drug ban on Warne, he was called upon again for the Carribean Tour and this time in the 11 tests he played, he bagged over 50 wickets against the likes of India, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.
Despite their professional rivalry, during the Super Series Test against the ICC World XI in 2006, MacGill and Warne teamed up for Australia and the partnership worked well. He grabbed nine wickets, while Warne finished with six. Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan got five and New Zealand’s Daniel Vettori picked up one.
He then bowled his career best 8 for 108 against Bangladesh in the 2006 Test, securing the win for his team.
Stuart played for Sydney Sixers in Australia’s inaugural Big Bash League and also played for Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League.
MacGill retired from international cricket after the West Indies tour in 2008. Since retirement, he has been doing commentary and also was a radio co-host.