New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Florida May 19, 2010

Andy McKay raring for another chance

Cricinfo staff

The fast bowler Andy McKay is itching to get back in to international cricket during New Zealand's series in Florida after a three-month lay-off due to a foot injury. McKay had just burst on to the scene with three strong one-day performances against Bangladesh in February when he suffered a stress fracture that ended his immediate hopes of a Test debut.

He is keen to play his first Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka in Lauderhill and a place has opened up in the side after the retirement of Shane Bond. McKay, a left-armer who approaches 150kph, could be the ideal replacement for Bond and it would be a welcome return to the international scene for a man who waited until the age of 29 for his first call-up.

"It was obviously very disappointing," McKay said in Florida. "I'd only had a taste of what was on offer and I felt I'd put in a couple of good performances and with the Aussies around the corner it was a good opportunity to test myself against those guys. It was an injury that took a bit longer than I thought to get right.

"But now that it's fine, it's great to get the recall. It will be great to get the opportunity to play. I got a taste of it against Bangladesh a couple of months ago. To play against Sri Lanka I think will definitely raise the bar a little bit and it will be a good test."

The series has been cut down from three games to two, with the first scheduled for Saturday. In the lead-up the New Zealanders have spent some time training with the Florida Marlins baseball team and McKay said it was an enjoyable learning experience.

"It was a superb day," McKay said. "We were able to get on the field and do a few drills with the guys. A few of the guys had a hit. We were able to talk to some of the pitchers and talk about the way they go about things, especially throwing techniques, and worked out a few ideas on how to hit the ball out of the park a little bit further as well."