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Michael Beer wants to mirror the patience and dedication displayed by Mike Hussey to win his way back to Test ranks.

The two-Test left-arm orthodox bowler was passed over for Victoria's occasional off-spinner Glenn Maxwell for the Third Test at the SCG starting tomorrow, but has not given up hope of a trip to India next month.

It would be his fourth Test tour after South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies.

Maxwell's selection to replace the injured Shane Watson prompted Beer to ask if he was playing as an all-rounder.

"The thing in my favour is that he spins it the same way as Nathan Lyon," Beer said of Maxwell.

"If they are looking for something different, that gives me a chance."

Beer has taken eight wickets at 46.38 this summer but his returns are not unusual in a season in which seam bowlers have dominated State cricket on helpful pitches.

Tasmania's former Test duo in Jason Krejza and Xavier Doherty have barely been required with teams averaging 91 in first innings at Bellerive Oval.

Although Beer took only three months from his Sheffield Shield debut to play for Australia, he can see value in the slow development that made Hussey the nation's most experienced Test debutant seven years ago.

He had played 129 first-class matches and adapted to Test cricket so comfortably that he was soon averaging above 100.

"Huss was obviously very patient and just worked away at his game for a long period of time," Beer said. "That is what I am trying to do. I am trying to get better every match."

The West Australian

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