ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Mitchell McClenaghan
Full name Mitchell John McClenaghan
Born June 11, 1986, Hastings, Hawke's Bay
Current age 31 years 224 days
Major teams New Zealand, Auckland, Central Districts, Lancashire, Middlesex, Mumbai Indians, New Zealand A, St Lucia Stars, Sydney Thunder
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
|ODI debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Paarl, Jan 19, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 25, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||South Africa v New Zealand at Durban, Dec 21, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v New Zealand at Delhi, Mar 30, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Central Districts v Otago at Napier, Nov 12-15, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Otago v Auckland at Dunedin, Mar 21-23, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Wellington v Central Districts at Wellington, Dec 30, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Auckland v Wellington at Auckland, Dec 10, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Central Districts v Auckland at New Plymouth, Feb 6, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Melbourne Stars v Sydney Thunder at Melbourne, Jan 20, 2018 scorecard|
Mitchell McClenaghan is a left-arm fast bowler who has established himself as a regular in New Zealand's limited-overs sides. He runs in hard, hits the deck even harder, and describes himself as "ultra-competitive, aggressive, maybe a little bit crazy".
He made his first-class debut with Central Districts in 2007, but was only intermittently part of the team, and his career took off only when he moved to Auckland for the 2011-12 season. In his first List A match with them, he took 5 for 30 against Northern Districts, and then followed that with 6 for 41 in his next match, against Wellington. He took 16 wickets in six List A matches that season, and 35 in ten first-class games. His reward was a place in the New Zealand squad on the tour to South Africa in 2012-13, and in his first ODI he returned excellent figures of 4 for 20, becoming only the second New Zealander, after Dayle Hadlee, to take four wickets on ODI debut.
Despite New Zealand's early exit from the 2013 Champions Trophy in England, McClenaghan had a successful tournament, picking up 11 wickets - including four-fors against Australia and Sri Lanka - at an average of 13.09. He kept up the frenetic rate of wicket-taking, and in October 2014 became the fastest New Zealand bowler - and the joint second-fastest from anywhere - to 50 ODI wickets, getting to the mark in only his 23rd match. By then he had become an important part of New Zealand's ODI attack, used in short, sharp bursts by captain Brendon McCullum and told to chase wickets rather than worrying about his economy rate.
McClenaghan was part of New Zealand's squad at the 2015 World Cup, but the depth of the team's pace resources only allowed him one match during their surge to the final. The boot was on the other foot a year later at the 2016 World T20, when Tim Southee and Trent Boult did not feature even once, but McClenaghan, preferred for his ability to bowl cutters on the slower Indian surfaces, played an important role in their run to the semi-finals.
Mumbai Indians landed a bargain when they picked up McClenaghan for INR 30 lakh at the 2015 IPL auction. He had an excellent debut season for the eventual champions, taking 18 wickets at an average of 21.44, including a three-for in the final against Chennai Super Kings. That impressive showing meant that he was retained by the franchise for the following season.
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- McClenaghan signs up with Sydney Thunder (Oct 5, 2017)
- McClenaghan opts out of NZC contract for T20s (Aug 29, 2017)
- Ryder, McClenaghan earn CPL call-ups (Jul 28, 2017)
- A test of McClenaghan's slog-overs smarts (May 18, 2017)
- McClenaghan, Milne and Anderson return for Champions Trophy (Apr 24, 2017)