Always back self-interest.

Stuart Macgill wants to lend his old mate Shane Warne a hand.

STUART MacGill says he can help extend the career of fellow leg-spinner Shane Warne if he is just given the opportunity.

MacGill said more regular selection of himself could ease the heavy workload thrust onto the world’s most successful Test bowler.

MacGill said more regular selection of himself could ease the heavy workload thrust onto the world’s most successful Test bowler.”For both of us (it could have been managed better). It’d work out great for me because I’d play more and probably will stretch Shane’s career a little bit too and that’s got to be good for everybody I think,” he said.

“I don’t necessarily see there being a huge difference between the end of Shane’s career and the end of my career.

“So it’s not as if you’re going to be saving me up for later. We’re similar ages and we’ve both got other things to do so from my point of view, it would be great to be used at the moment.”

It would be touching if it wasn’t so transparent. There are very good reasons to not play two legspinners most times Australia take the field, and Macgill doesn’t offer as much as Warne does as a bowler, batsman or fielder.

Stuart Macgill is a very fine legspinner, and it is unfortunate that he’s been so over-shadowed. That doesn’t take away from the fact that he’ll only play when we need two legspinners. Or Warne is injured. It’s the way of things.

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