New Zealand news June 8, 2015

Andy McKay retires from cricket

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andy McKay took 27 wickets from 19 ODIs © AFP

Former New Zealand fast bowler Andy McKay has retired from all forms of cricket. McKay played one Test for New Zealand, against India in 2010, as well as two T20Is and 19 ODIs, taking a total of of 30 wickets.

McKay, 35, hinted that he had taken the decision to spend more time with his family, and according to Stuff.co.nz, he will be moving on to become the clinical lead manager of a physiotherapy practice in Wellington.

"You sort of live in a bubble (during festive seasons) and it feels like you're in a separate world almost," McKay said."You can see all these people are on their Christmas holidays but you're there at work. You sort of get a taste of what it's like, but it's a sort of bubble experience."

Mckay spent the majority of his 57-match first-class career with Wellington, who he joined in 2009. Overall, he picked up 186 wickets from 57 first-class matches at an average of 31.88, and also snared 84 scalps from 52 List-A matches.

"Coming to Wellington, and I've told the guys that this was the best move I ever made in my career. I was 29 and just a run-of-the-mill first-class cricketer," he said.

Though he was not part of the initial squad for the World Cup in 2011, McKay was called up for the semi-final against Sri Lanka after Kyle Mills got injured. New Zealand eventually succumbed to a five-wicket defeat, but the match nonetheless remains a career highlight for McKay.

"It was pretty special to play that game," he said. "I got there two days before the game and Dan (Vettori) said 'Andy, just be prepared to play'. I thought I was just going as cover and to have the best seat in the house to watch it.

"It was down to me and Woody (Wellington team-mate Luke Woodcock) as to who was going to play. Woody had played the quarter-final and we knew they were either going to pick a seamer or a spinner and we finally found out about an hour before the toss."

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