Watch out for the whole HoggThe touring Indian cricket team would have cheered had Stuart MacGill found some way to stave off an injury-related operation. The legspinner, long considered the "best understudy" in cricket (a completely overrated claim, IMO), not only bowled his customary one four-ball per over versus the Lankans in his most recent Test series, he sometimes bowled two per over. A score of 400 in a day is easily attainable with MacGill tossing down 30 overs in a day.
In contrast, his replacement, Brad Hogg is harder to deal with. I agree with Ponting when he says Hogg is not so easy to pick. Kumble has said that the Indians think the Aussies have a weak link in the spin department, which is true (some what), especially given the very large shoes of a certain blond cricketer before. But this Indian batting side has had its share of trouble with left-arm spinners, from Ashley Giles to Paul Harris. Of the two left-handers, Yuvraj Singh is not the best against spin, which leaves the in-form Ganguly and the ever-aggressive Laxman to perhaps attack Hogg. Tendulkar in particular needs to watch out for Hogg.