Stuart Charles Glyndwr MacGill
(born 25 February 1971) is a former right-arm leg spin
bowler of the Australian cricket team
, with a domestic career at New South Wales
. He has been credited with having the best strike rate
of any modern leg-spin bowler, however he did not have a regular place in the Australian Test
team due to the dominance of Shane Warne
in the position of sole spinner. Often, it has been said that he was "born in the wrong era". His bowling was slightly slower through the air than Warne, but he was a prodigious turner of the ball.
He was brought back in 2007 after the retirement of Warne, as spinner for the first Test against the Sri Lankan cricket team
. He announced his retirement from international cricket during the second Test of Australia's 2008 tour of the West Indies
. Moving into commentary, MacGill co-hosted the 2009 Ashes series
on SBS with Damien Martyn
and Greg Matthews
. MacGill was a radio co-host on the Triple M Sydney
breakfast program, The Grill Team
from 2009 until 2010.
MacGill was born in the Perth
suburb of Mount Lawley
and began his first-class career in the 1993/94 season playing for Western Australia
. He managed just one game, against New South Wales at the SCG but did not take a wicket and did not play again for over two years. When he returned in 1996/97 it was for New South Wales
and he took 6 wickets in the match, the first being......