County news June 14, 2013

Lancashire sign McClenaghan for Friends Life t20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lancashire have signed New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan for their Friends Life t20 campaign which gets underway later this month. McClenaghan will be Lancashire's second overseas player for the tournament, after Australia's Simon Katich.

McClenaghan said he was excited to sign for Lancashire and is looking forward to county cricket.

"I am delighted to be joining Lancashire for the Friends Life t20," he said. "I have enjoyed being part of the New Zealand tour of the UK and Champions Trophy squad so far and the opportunity to broaden my cricket experience by playing county cricket was too good to turn down. Lancashire are a club with a great history and tradition and I hope to be able to help the club to T20 success this season."

McClenaghan has been in fine form off late in the ODIs in the UK, with figures of 4 for 65 in the washed out match against Australia and 4 for 43 against Sri Lanka which New Zealand won by one wicket. He was the highest wicket-taker in the three-match ODI series against England with eight wickets at an average of 17.25. He currently has 26 wickets in ODIs, the most for an ODI bowler after nine matches, including four four-wicket hauls.

Lancashire coach Peter Moores said, "To have an international quality left-arm seamer joining us for the Friends Life t20 competition is very exciting and a real boost to the squad. The fact that Mitchell is coming straight out of international cricket in England means he will hit the ground running, and his competitive nature looks a perfect fit for how we go about our cricket."

Lancashire will play their opening Friends Life t20 match against Durham on June 28.

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  • tuffto on June 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    its good to play but still in the end he should play test cricket to prove his worth...becoz one days and t20s are a bit easy compared to tests....In tests as a bowler your stamina,patience,talent,skill,wicket taking ability and etc are tested...In t20s you can get away easily....but still in the odis and t20s he has performed of luck for ur county stint....

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    if Lancashire have pollard they could destroy any team on their day with these two. Southee should head to essex again, worked wonders in 2011, maybe he can be more of an allrounder for them then he has shown for nz, it showed when he got 74 off 29 balls opening

  • John on June 14, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Good signing for Lancs.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Good choice, well done Lancs. @MM - we could certainly do with a bit more penetration at the moment, but we do have Pollard coming for the T20 - don't we?

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    based on his current form it looks a great signing, hopefully he'll be just as good as Junaid Khan was in 2011

  • Mark on June 14, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    At the moment, this looks to be an excellent signing.

    Was kinda wishing Somerset would pick up a bowler like him or Southee.

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