No plans to return to Test cricket, says McGill

Melbourne, Nov 7 (UNI) Brushing aside the rumours of his possible return to Test cricket, retired leg-spinner Stuart MacGill said had it not been an injury prone career, he would have still continued to play international cricket.

Speculations did suggest that the leg-spinner was keen to make a return to Test after the retirement of Shane Warne and the Australian has been struggling to find a quality spinner in its ranks.

The 37-year-old McGill was plagued by a number of injuries in his international career and finally decided to call it a day.

''I apologise for any confusion. My feelings are simple and unchanged. I would love to be playing cricket for Australia, but unfortunately I am injured,'' MacGill was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Telegraph' today.

''If I wasn't injured I wouldn't be retired, that is what I have said all along. The international travel and playing schedule is such that I am unable to guarantee my fitness for Test cricket, however I hope to be still able to compete at the first class level.

''I will only consider that to be an option when I can guarantee both myself and my teammates that I can perform not only a training session, but a match and the remainder of the season,'' he added.

A long way behind Shane Warne, MacGill is Australia's second best spinner with 208 wickets in 44 Tests at a strike rate of 29.02.


Story first published: Friday, November 7, 2008, 16:08 [IST]
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