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McKay: Champs Trophy defence on track

UPDATED 13 May, 2013 6:26PM AEST | by Omnisport

Australian ODI player of the year Clint McKay says he is anticipating a strong showing from his side in the ICC Champions Trophy in England this June.

Australia won the last two editions of the tournament and have selected a competitive 15-man squad in the hope of defending their title for a second time.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler, speaking after a training session at the Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence in Brisbane on Monday, said the focus would be on winning the Champions Trophy, but the tournament would also serve as preparation for the 2015 World Cup and this year's Ashes series.

"Any tournament on the world stage where you get to represent your country is a great honour and we're going over there to win the Champions Trophy," McKay said.

"That's what we're going for and we'll be very disappointed if we don't come home with that.

"So these last few weeks and two more weeks leading into take off, it's all about doing everything we can to make sure we're right to go when this tournament starts."

There were seven players named in both the Champions Trophy and Ashes squads and McKay, who was not named in the Ashes party, told reporters that good performances in the One-Day competition would stand him in good stead for a possible future call-up to the Test team.

"I think it's every cricketer's dream to play Test cricket, that's what we all grew up wanting to play and wanting to achieve.

"I was lucky enough to do that once, but I'd love to do it again so I'm going to be doing everything I can in my powers, and hopefully it happens again.

"So everything I can do between now and not only this Ashes but also the one here and the future Test matches coming up, you do everything you can to try and be a part of that squad again.

Injury has become a common emergence amongst Australia's fast bowling stocks, and McKay, who is returning from a stress fracture in his foot, admitted that it was wise to always be ready should a Test spot become available.

"You don't wish injury upon anyone, but for professional cricketers injury is just the nature of the game," he said.

"For me, or anyone else, it's just making sure that any time you get the opportunity to represent Australia, it doesn't matter what form it is, that you're there doing your best.

"I'll just make sure I tick all the boxes and if the opportunity arises, fantastic, if not I'll just keep chipping away and hopefully one day it will come."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 13 May, 2013 5:36PM AEST

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