A third generation cricketer, MacGill has had the misfortune of seeing his international career coincide with that of arguably the greatest spin bowler of them all - Shane Warne.
Australia's reluctance to play the pair in tandem has left MacGill on the fringes but he has always impressed when given his chance, taking full advantage of Warne's 12-month drug ban to demonstrate the depth of bowling talent available to the world champions.
MacGill has studied wine marketing and boasts an extensive wine cellar.
He is married to Australian TV actress and journalist Rachel Friend and lives with her in Sydney.
He was banned for two weeks in October 2006 for an altercation with an umpire in a club match.
MacGill has suffered from playing in the same era as Shane Warne but MacGill has still managed to claim almost 200 Test wickets at an average of 27 and a strike rate just over 50, the best of any modern spinner.
When Warne was banned for 12 months, MacGill took 53 wickets in 11 Tests and could play in tandem with Warne during the 2006 Ashes on turning pitches.
MacGill enjoyed a year as first choice spinner for Australia after Warne's retirement in early 2006.
However, he announced his own retirement during the 2008 tour of the West Indies.