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MacGill to quit international cricket

AFP , ST JOHN'S, ANTIGUA

Australia leg-spin bowler Stuart MacGill will retire from international cricket following the second Test against the West Indies.

The 37-year-old MacGill has failed to recover from wrist surgery, after he was diagnosed with carpal-tunnel syndrome last year, and he has failed to make an impact in the series.

MacGill indicated that a number of factors had contributed to his decision to retire, but he felt he was not performing at his optimum.

“Unfortunately now my time is up,” MacGill said in a Cricket Australia statement.

“As I said many times last summer, there is no way I will ever walk onto a cricket field unless I can guarantee that I can dismiss top order batsmen consistently,” MacGill said.

“The prospect of letting myself and the team down is simply not an option,” he said.

“I have worked way too hard for too long to sabotage my achievements by playing Test cricket for the wrong reasons,” he said.

MacGill is yet to make a decision on whether he will continue to play interstate cricket with New South Wales.

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