In the past McKay has shown that he can take wickets on a regular basis
Australia pace bowler Clint McKay has announced that he has fully recovered from a hamstring injury, which forced him to miss the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, he sustained in the team’s recent series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
McKay, who is joint eighth on the list of bowlers quickest to taking 50 ODI wickets, his coming in just 27 ODIs, is looking to regain his spot on the national team roster, but that may be harder said than done due to the emergence of young talents such as Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc.
“I’d like to think I’d get in the best attack but if I don’t, well so be it, I’ll just keep training and making sure that if I do get my turn I’ll be ready to go. The young boys Starcy and Patty are bowling beautifully at the moment so we’ll just wait and see what makeup of the team they’re going to go with,” McKay said.
Despite McKay not being the fastest of bowlers, he has still proved to be a huge asset for Australia in the last three years since his outstanding ability to vary his pace has left many international batsmen bamboozled.
However, McKay has not been able to replicate his form in ODIs to Twenty20 Internationals, and if he wants to be included in the squad, then he has to learn to be more consistent with his bowling.
McKay had started playing a couple of consecutive Twenty20 Internationals for Australia before he sustained his hamstring injury, and he believes that if he was able to do it back then, he can do it now without any doubts.
“Getting a continuing stretch of games [helped], I think I played 12 or 13 in a row, which is something I’ve never done before, and the more you play the more comfortable you feel. But in saying that I know that there’s a lot of work for me to do to make sure I continue to improve and continue to hold my spot. It’s been great to be around the squad for so long and help win games of cricket but I know there’s a long way to go,” McKay added.
McKay is now looking to get back into the Australian squad in time for the upcoming home series against South Africa in November and, despite the growing number of pace bowlers contending for a place in the side, McKay believes he has the necessary attributes to put himself in front of the pack.
“The confidence more than anything that came out of today was that it doesn’t matter which makeup we go with, we’ve got guys to fill in the role, we’ve got pace at the front and good spinning options and some medium-pacers with Watson and Dan Christian as well. I think in all different conditions and circumstances … we’ve got all bases covered and are raring to go,” McKay said.