Stuart Mcgill was the second choice leg spinner of Australian test side, but his performance and skills were second to none, however he was not given full time opportunity and was only considered in the absense of Shane Warne. Shane Warne on the other hand had good spinning talent and much control over his line and length which kept him on top through out this career. McGill’s enormous talent to turn the ball was his strengths. Time to time he proved himself but due to ON-OFF presence he wasn’t able to make a long lasting impression. Although he played only 3 ODIs, his Test stats are much brighter where he have 2 10 Wickets Haul and 12 5 wickets haul under his belt.
Some of his fans might think that Stuart Mcgill’s turn was way more than Warne’s spin. But Warne was over all a better team player then Mcgill. Mcgill was more focused on just go in an bowl good to give his 100%. On the other hand, Warne used to take interest in overall strategies of the game, playing brain games with the body language of the batsmen and manipulating the field set according to the game plan. These skills of Warne helped him to over come McGill’s talent of enormous spin.
His nine wickets Haul against South Africa in 2001 was one of his best performance where he showcased his skills and spinned the ball way too more than expected. He was the trump card for his skipper in spin friendly pitches. That is why Australia have never lacked in Spin department where their second choice bowler was better than many world class bowlers around the world.
Though he haven’t played too much in internationally, he have 180+ appearances in first class cricket where he had 43 5w hauls with an average of 30.49