Sydney, Feb 6(ANI): Michael Clarke has claimed Australian one-day player of the year Clint McKay is the most important bowler for him in the fifty-over squad, adding the pace man is the first bowler to be picked in the team before any game.
Mckay, who turns 30 later this month, has taken 68 wickets at an average of 21.91 from his 39 matches and among Australians only Dennis Lillee (70 wickets) and Brett Lee (69) have been more prolific from the same period at the start of their careers, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Clarke described the right-arm quick as a great example of one of the players he always want in this Australian team because he'll do whatever it takes for the team first and himself second.
The Australian captain added McKay certainly knows how important he is to him and the team, adding he has made that clear to him.
Clarke says McKay has become one of their top one-day bowlers, adding no matter who's available to play, the right-arm fast bowler over the past 12 months, has been their first-picked one-day bowler.
Clarke added McKay's execution, not only with the new ball but also at the death, is something that not many bowlers can do, adding is consistency day-in day-out into the breeze, down breeze, opening the bowling second change doesn't bother him. (ANI)