Pakistan v Australia 2010

McKay called up by Australia

Brydon Coverdale

July 18, 2010

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Clint McKay claimed 1 for 38 and struck 20 from 12 balls, Warwickshire v Yorkshire, FPt20, Edgbaston, July 14, 2010
Clint McKay has been playing Twenty20 cricket for Yorkshire, and has been called up as cover for Ben Hilfenhaus © Getty Images
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Clint McKay has been called in to Australia's squad as cover for Ben Hilfenhaus, who remains in doubt for the second Test in Leeds. Hilfenhaus hurt his left shoulder during Australia's win over Pakistan at Lord's, when he dived to save a boundary on the fourth and final day.

Australia's physio Alex Kountouris has been working with Hilfenhaus since Friday's victory, and the bowler was reported to be feeling better on Sunday. Hilfenhaus was the most convincing of Australia's fast bowlers at Lord's, where he finished with match figures of 3 for 74 and swung the ball with excellent control.

Although Australia remain hopeful that Hilfenhaus will be fit for the Headingley Test, which begins on Wednesday, the selectors have covered their bases by calling for McKay, the Victoria seamer. McKay was part of the one-day squad that lost to England in the lead-up to the Tests and he won't have far to travel, as he has been playing for Yorkshire in the Friends Provident Twenty20.

McKay was playing in Derbyshire on Sunday afternoon and was expected to join the Australians in Leeds on Sunday evening. Although McKay has already played Test cricket, the more likely scenario if Hilfenhaus is ruled out would be a debut for Peter George, the South Australia fast man.

George, 23, was a late addition to the squad when he replaced Ryan Harris, who flew home after the one-day series with a knee injury. George bowled in Australia's warm-up match against Derbyshire but did not collect a wicket.

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Posted by dsig3 on (July 19, 2010, 10:41 GMT)

Not a big fan. He plays for my state. watched him a few times, he's accurate but is medium pace, doesnt move the ball and is not particularly bouncy. If Peter Siddle is fit this guy should always be playing for bushrangers. Similar style bowlers. I would rather take a chance on a young tall bowler who has had a good season. Call me lovesick for Glenn Mcgrath but thats my opinion.

Posted by Nichollsss on (July 19, 2010, 10:06 GMT)

I'm a close source with the Mckay's! Good to see Clint getting a game! Very good cricketer.

Posted by beepau on (July 19, 2010, 7:54 GMT)

People were talking down McKay after the recent ODI series, however hes been screwed around by the selectors, what do people want, he's been the twelfth man for six months and suddenly you want him to come out and blow everyone away? once he gets some decent cricket under his belt he should do well.

Posted by popcorn on (July 19, 2010, 4:34 GMT)

I would rather choose Clint mackay than Peter George, because Mackay has already played Test cricket. Peter George should wait his turn.

Posted by brendancricket on (July 19, 2010, 3:04 GMT)

I reckon this guy's going to be ok......

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Brydon Coverdale Assistant Editor Possibly the only person to win a headline-writing award for a title with the word "heifers" in it, Brydon decided agricultural journalism wasn't for him when he took up his position with ESPNcricinfo in Melbourne. His cricketing career peaked with an unbeaten 85 in the seconds for a small team in rural Victoria on a day when they could not scrounge up 11 players and Brydon, tragically, ran out of partners to help him reach his century. He is also a compulsive TV game-show contestant and has appeared on half a dozen shows in Australia.
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