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Ex-Oz spinner MacGill to play in Big Bash


December 2, 2011 - Sydney

Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has decided to come out of retirement and play in Cricket Australia's Big Bash League.

The former Test spinner has signed up with the SCG-based Sydney Sixers for this summer's Big Bash League, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

MacGill's return sets up the salivating prospect for Sydney fans of seeing two of Australia's greatest leg-spinners going head to head when the Sixers take on Warne's Melbourne Stars at the SCG on December 27.

MacGill, 40, has shown promising signs as he prepares for his return to professional ranks.

He has played two Twenty20 games in first grade for Sydney University, returning figures of 1-26 and 2-13.

"I don't know if I can spin it as far as I used to, but they're spinning far enough," MacGill said.

He added: "I'm quite pleased, it's only club cricket but Sydney club cricket is pretty good."

MacGill joins former Test greats Warne and Matthew Hayden and dual World Cup winner Brad Hogg among those to come out of retirement for Cricket Australia's revamped domestic Twenty20 competition.

MacGill sits 12th on Australia's all-time Test wicket-taker's list with 208 victims at 27.2.

ANI

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