Stuart MacGill was fun. You never quite knew what to expect from him.
He wasn’t erratic in a Shane Warne kind of way. There was a certain consistency in Warne’s back page headlines. MacGill was creatively diverse with his odd behaviour.
He would shout at team mates like a nutter. He once read 24 novels on a tour of Pakistan. He refused to follow the orders of medical staff and often missed doctor’s appointments – even when injuries were threatening his career. He also turned the ball at right-angles and is among the top 50 Test wicket-takers of all time.
One of our favourite MacGill moments was just before the first post-Warne Test, late last year. The selectors were debating the side and he finally had the chance to be Australia’s first-choice spinner. Bizarrely, he chose this moment to tell the Sydney Morning Herald: ‘There is no doubt I am overweight’.
As a way of demanding a Test spot, it left a little to be desired.