Australian bowler Clint McKay retires from international cricket
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Australian bowler Clint McKay retires from international cricket

Out of favour Australia seamer, Clint McKay has hung up his boots after playing 11 years of domestic cricket for Victoria and international cricket for Australia. Now, he will continue to play with Leicestershire in England.

Mckay played a single Test for Australia against the West Indies in 2009, as well as  six T20 internationals, but the fast bowler excelled in 50 over format. However, he played 59 ODIs.

He played for Australia at a time when the Baggy Green were in dire need of a fast bowler after the retirement of Glenn McGrath and Jason Gillespie. Australian selectors tried and tested many bowlers before settling down with Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, and Rayan Harris. Mckay in 2009 ODI debut took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni in Hyderabad.  He played his last match in 2014. He has 79 wickets to his name at an average of 24.37, including a hat-trick against England.

Over the period, Mitchell Johnson took more wickets in the green and gold than Mckay, who was named Australia’s ODI Cricketer of the Year at the Allan Border Medal awards in 2013.

The 33-year-old was disappointed as he was not selected to play international cricket, though optimistic about Australia’s bowling stocks looking forward.

“Yeah, it was difficult to take,” McKay told cricket.com.au about losing his spot in Australia’s ODI team. “But that’s sometimes how things pan out.

“I didn’t have a great series of India (in 2013) and that was the beginning of the end (of my international career). 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. They were performing quite well and it was great for them to get their opportunity.

“It was disappointing that it had to come at my expense but it’s just one of those things that happen in the pressure of sport.”

Unerring accuracy, a hint of seam movement and a deadly back-of-the-hand slower ball were features of McKay’s bowling armoury, despite not possessing express pace.

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