Victorian quick Clint McKay was again a vital cog in the Melbourne Stars bowling attack early on in BBL|03.
The seamer used his variations in BBL|03 – particularly his well-disguised slower ball – to great effect to return some impressive figures in the four games he played, helping the team get off to a flying start.
A formidable weapon with the ball, he finished with 2/31 against our Melbourne rivals, the Renegades. In Sydney he returned an impressive 1/8 off just two overs against the Sixers and claimed yet another wicket against Sydney Thunder.
He missed the remainder of the tournament due to international duty from mid-January, but continued his form with dominant displays against England – taking two brilliant three-wicket hauls.
Clint has been out of action for much of the season; however he has an impeccable one-day record for his country.
McKay’s strong form sparked a recall into Australia’s ODI team where he continued his dominant ways with eight wickets in five games against the touring Sri Lankan team.
The 31-year-old’s laidback personality plays down such strong on-field feats at international level, with one of his career highlights at the 2013-14 Allan Border Medal where McKay was crowned the ODI Player of the Year.
He became just the fifth Australian to take a hat-trick in international one-day cricket when he dismissed Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Trott and Joe Root at the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2013.
In good news for Stars fans, McKay is on a long term deal with the Stars that will ensure he is in green until the conclusion of BBL|05.
Off the field, you can normally find ‘C-Mac’ somewhere near the water. He loves nothing more than going for a surf in Torquay when he’s at home. The beachside town is his favourite holiday destination and a place he’d one day like to call home.