The spin attack of the Australian cricket team on the Indian tour of 2008 has been weakened. Cricket Australia has declared that Bryce McGain, the 36 year old leg spinner, will be sent back to Australia. The reason stated for this decision was a shoulder injury which started during Australia A team’s Indian tour in the previous month. Initially, it was thought that due to this injury he would miss just the first match out of the four match Test series. However, while the training session was in progress, he suffered another knock to his shoulder. Due to this it became evident that McGain would miss a major part of the Indian tour and hence it was finalized to send him back home.
Initially, McGain beat Beau Casson, the left arm wrist spinner, for the only wrist spinner position in the squad and was regarded as the first choice spinner. If he would have played on the Indian tour, he would have become the oldest Test debutant of Australia after Bob Holland, the leg spinner, in 1984-85.
The four Test series of Australia in India starts on 9th October 2008 at Bangalore. So far, Australia has not finalized whether they would send a player to fill in McGain’s vacancy. The most probable candidate for this spot is Beau Casson as he has the experience of playing one Test in the Caribbean in 2008. In the Australian team, currently the singular specialist slow bowler is the offspinner Jason Krejza.