Australia in New Zealand 2009-10 February 21, 2010

Fracture forces Andy McKay out of Test series

Cricinfo staff

The fast bowler Andy McKay has been forced out of the Tests against Australia due to a stress fracture in his foot. McKay had hoped to return for the two matches after being ruled out of the one-dayers and Twenty20s against Australia starting next week, but has been diagnosed with a fracture after bone scans in Wellington last week.

"It turns out I've got a stress fracture in my foot. It's not good," he told Sunday Star-News. "I then went back and saw the sports physician on Thursday and the injury had actually settled down quite a bit in a matter of days.

"That was fairly encouraging and the doctor thinks my recovery will be a matter of weeks, rather than the usual two to three months that an injury like this normally takes to heal."

McKay, 29, made an impressive start to his ODI career, taking five wickets against Bangladesh at an average of 21 but it was his pace which stood out. He reportedly clocked 147 kph in the Napier ODI and the captain Daniel Vettori said he was one of the quickest bowlers he had faced in the Twenty20 HRV Cup, even comparing him to Shane Bond. McKay was eager to translate his form into the five-day format but his career has been put on hold for the moment.

"It's bittersweet," he said. "I was obviously very happy with how things went in the one-dayers against Bangladesh and then I was over the moon about being selected in the Test side. Obviously the priority now is about getting things right."

The series gets underway on February 26 with the first of two Twenty20s, followed by five ODIs and two Tests.