Thursday, 14 March 2013

Stuart MacGill urges players to focus on 'individuality' before team issues to improve Test cricket performances

Former Australian cricketer Stuart MacGill has said that in cricket, players needed to focus on their individuality and being on top of their own game, rather than rely on teammates to help them prepare for the challenges of Test cricket.

MacGill had joined former captain Allan Border in lashing out at coach Mickey Arthur's 'stupid' idea of asking the Australian team to complete a homework assignment after going 2-0 down in the four-Test series in India, resulting in the axing of vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja from the third Test, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

MacGill, who had followed the 'individuality' angle after making himself unavailable for Australia's 2004 tour of Zimbabwe on supposed moral grounds, said that individuality is a very strong force in the game of cricket, adding that being an individual does not necessarily mean that a player is selfish.

The former leg-spinner also said that people needed to remember that cricket is a team sport played by individuals and added that embracing that individuality is what makes a great team.

Stating that being an individual meant that a player is looking after his own requirements to strengthen his position at the top of the game, MacGill said that only after that a player can be free to worry about the other goings-on in his team.

MacGill said that the 'individuality' is also a big issue with the Australian Test squad who had ended up 2-0 down in the series against India, adding that captain Michael Clarke needed to address the issue with is players and urge them to concentrate on their own game foremost.

According to MacGill, the team he played with in the late 1990s and early 2000s was No.1 in the world despite featuring players of vastly different personalities like Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer. (ANI)

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