Sydney, Nov 7 : Former Australian leg spinner Stuart MacGill has denied making a turnaround on his decision to retire from international cricket, but revealed he was working overtime to play for New South Wales again.
The injured leg spinner did not categorically rule out attempting a return to the Test arena, but said the travel schedule might be too taxing.
McGill admitted it was "highly unlikely." "I would love to be playing cricket for NSW and Australia ... realistically speaking, it's highly unlikely. I'm doing everything I can to get back," he said.
Cricket NSW chief executive David Gilbert said the organisation was "still in the dark" about MacGill's plans, but the 37-year-old said coach Matthew Mott and physiotherapist Patrick Farhart were well aware of his comeback plans.
"Matt and Patrick know exactly where I'm at, I'm not going to turn up until I'm ready to play," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted MacGill, as saying.
Still struggling with the wrist injury that forced his retirement from the international game during the West Indies series this year, MacGill said he might have a negative impact on the team if he returned unfit.
"My situation is unchanged. In the West Indies, I said that I wanted to keep playing state cricket. At that point I was convinced that I would be fit for the beginning of the season," he said.
Gilbert said that the team could only be picked from players who are active, and that MacGill would have to work his way back through the grade competition with Sydney University.
MacGill said he had been training on his own in a bid to return, but will only do so if he is certain he can play out an entire season.
Story first published: Friday, November 7, 2008, 17:27 [IST]
Other articles published on Nov 7, 2008