McKay retires from int’l, Australian first-class cricket

Sydney—Clint McKay has announced his retirement from Australian first-class and international cricket. The 33-year old fast bowler will continue to play for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League and Leicestershire in the county championship.
McKay ended an 11-year relationship with Victoria, for whom he had debuted in November 2006 and last played in February 2016. He was selected in the squad for the Sheffield Shield final two weeks ago, but was not picked in the XI. “It’s been a pleasure to be involved with bushrangers for the past 11 years. All great things come to an end. What an amazing time I had,” McKay had said on Twitter on March 30, when his team was crowned first-class champions.
McKay did not have outright pace, which seemed to limit his prospects. He played only one Test and six T20Is but his resume was stronger in ODIs – 59 matches, 97 wickets at an average of 24.37 and economy rate of 4.78.
Most of his success was a result of his accuracy and variations. He dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with a back-of-the-hand slower ball on ODI debut, and helped Australia to victory in a high-scoring game in Hyderabad in November 2009. In 2013, he became the fifth man from his country to take a hat-trick in ODIs when he dismissed Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root in Cardiff.
McKay was named Australia’s ODI cricketer of the year in 2013. But 2013 was also the “beginning of the end” of his international career. An ODI series against India played on pitches tailor-made for batsmen, and rules that permitted only four fielders outside the circle in the last 10 overs, resulted in nearly 4000 runs scored in six games. McKay was among the casualties, taking only four wickets at an average of 74.50. He played three more ODIs against England at the start of 2014, but with younger and quicker bowlers than him coming up the ranks, he did not play for Australia again.
“I didn’t have a great series of India and that was the beginning of the end,” McKay told cricket.com.au. “I came back to Australia and had a good summer – I only played three games but I did quite well in two of those three games. It was a little disappointing to lose my spot but the young generation coming through have got some superstars in the making.—AFP

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