Australia pacer Clint McKay announces retirement from international cricket

first_imgAustralian pacer Clint McKay has announced his retirement from international cricket after his first-class team Victoria Bushrangers won the Sheffield Shield tournament on Thursday.However, he is expected to continue playing for Sydney Thunder in the lucrative Big Bash League (BBL) and for Leicestershire in the County Championship.McKay, who played in 59 one-day internationals, 6 T20 internationals and a Test for Australia, dismissed Sachin Tendulkar on his ODI debut back in November 2009 in Hyderabad.The pacer thanked the Bushrangers with whom he had played 11 years from 2009 to 2016.It’s been a pleasure to be involved with @bushrangers for past 11 years. All great things come to an end. What an amazing time I have had Clint Mckay (@clintmckay27) March 30, 2016The high-point in McKay’s career came when he was named Australia’s ODI player of the year in 2013 in which he took 34 wickets from 24 matches at an average of 27.82. However, a poor series in India in which he fared at an average of 74.50, saw the ‘beginning of the end’ of his cricket career.”I didn’t have a great series of India and that was the beginning of the end,” McKay was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.While Mckay finished the 2015-16 BBL season as the higest wicket-taker with 18 scalps, he played only three games for the Bushrangers in the Shied. “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.advertisement “You look at the guys who’ve played in the last two Shield finals – you’ve got James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and John Hastings who are Australian bowlers, and this year you’ve seen the younger guys in Scott Boland and Chris Tremain step up,” he said.last_img

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