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New Zealand pacer Andy McKay calls time on career

New Zealand pacer Andy McKay calls time on career

McKay, 35, played one Test, 19 One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, his only Test wicket being Sachin Tendulkar.

Andy McKay, the New Zealand left-arm paceman, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. McKay, 35, played one Test, 19 One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals, his only Test wicket being Sachin Tendulkar, dismissed for 61 in Nagpur in November 2010.

McKay, who took 186 first-class wickets in 57 matches in a career lasting 13 seasons, told stuff.co.nz that he was looking forward to putting his feet up during the New Zealand summer, and particularly during the Christmas-New Year period.

"You sort of live in a bubble (at that time of year) and it feels like you're in a separate world almost," he 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 is set to take over as the clinical lead manager of Proactive Health's physiotherapy practice in Taranaki St instead of heading the Wellington bowling attack, having initially begun his career with Auckland where he was as much out of the side as in it.

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

McKay also played in the 2011 World Cup semifinal loss to Sri Lanka in Colombo despite not making the initial 15-man squad, summoned to the Sri Lankan capital after Kyle Mills was ruled out of the last-four encounter through injury.

"I got there two days before the game and Dan (Vettori, the then captain) 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 pretty special to play that game."