Former Australian seamer Jason Gillespie has called for Glenn Maxwell’s inclusion for the second test against India in Bangalore.
Post their resounding win over the hosts in the first test, it is believed Australia will not tinker with their winning combination, but Gillespie suggested Maxwell would be a good choice, at the expense of fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh.
Gillespie said, “I think it’d be unlikely [they’d make any changes]. I think the only guy under pressure to keep his spot will be Mitchell Marsh, who didn’t bowl in the Test and is the back-up for the seamers. I think Mitch will stay in; he made 31 in the second innings in a low-scoring game so he’s probably done enough, just, to hang on.”
“But if they feel they can get away with two seamers, I’d be tempted to potentially play someone like Maxwell. I think he’s an underrated long-form player.
Gillespie added, “The reason I say that is he judges length very quickly and that’s the key to batting. And I think on these surfaces he could be quite fearless and take the attack to the Indian spinners. And I think he could do a decent job.”
Considering that Bangalore pitch will not favor spin as Pune pitch did, Gillespie felt it would be wrong to exclude Marsh.
“I’d envisage in Bangalore, they’d need the back-up seam option. The wicket won’t be as bad as it was in Pune so I think Mitch’s bowling will be the real key.”
Talking to EON Sports Radio, the 41-year old also added that Australia should push for a series win after their victory in the first test.
He concluded, “I really do [think they can win the series]. I don’t see why not. India have to make the play here and take some risks and be ultra-positive. Australia just need to play, take the games deep, absorb pressure [and] put pressure on the bowlers at times. And with the ball, it’s just a patience game.”