New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton

Injured McClenaghan out of series, Guptill doubtful

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February 17, 2013

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Mitchell McClenaghan struck early to remove Alastair Cook, New Zealand v England, 1st ODI, Hamilton, February 17, 2013
Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets in Hamilton before breaking down © Getty Images
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Mitchell McClenaghan, the New Zealand left-arm quick, has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against England after suffering a side strain in Hamilton. Martin Guptill, who picked up a hamstring injury but returned to hit the winning runs, will miss Wednesday's match in Napier but is an outside chance to recover for the last game in Auckland.

In their places, New Zealand have called up Tim Southee, who returned from a thumb injury with nine wickets in Northern Districts' Plunket Shield match against Wellington, and Hamish Rutherford. Southee has not played for New Zealand since their tour of Sri Lanka, while Rutherford was involved in the T20 series against England.

"Unfortunately Mitchell will miss the rest of the one day series while Martin will be out for Wednesday night and we will assess him again [on Monday]," New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close said.

McClenaghan claimed 4 for 56 in the opening match, removing Alastair Cook early then returning to help dismantle England's middle and lower order, but he could not complete his 10 overs when he pulled up with two balls remaining. He had looked in pain earlier in his final over, but only after removing Steven Finn did he concede to his injury. He will have an MRI scan on Monday to determine the full extent of the problem.

Given his consistent limited-overs form since making his debut in South Africa there was a chance that McClenaghan would have been in contention for the Test squad that is due to be named later this week, although New Zealand are reasonably settled on their five-day seamers and McClenaghan's first-class record is mediocre.

Trent Boult, another left-arm seamer, is already part of the ODI squad and Brendon McCullum, New Zealand's captain, indicated that he was likely to be the first option for Napier - though it will doubtless be tempting to throw Southee back in as soon as possible.

"Mitch has been a revelation for us this year, he has done an amazing job and really allowed us to attack in areas that we probably hadn't had that luxury of in recent times," McCullum said. "It's incredibly disappointing for him but at the same time it gives him an opportunity to rest himself up and make sure he's fresh for our next assignment."

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Posted by AKS286 on (February 20, 2013, 9:08 GMT)

ohh my favourite all- rounder is always injured C.Cairns. Bond, Gilespie, Mills, nash, styris, sinclair, larsen,ohh very long list ok etc etc ended their career due to injury. except of Vettori, Fleming everyone is injured in injuryland. FANS look at the total matches played by Lee, akhtar. english bowler and etc that you all mentioned.

Posted by Bring_back_Wright on (February 19, 2013, 1:21 GMT)

@ Michael - yes, it is clear seamers from all countries get injured. The issue really is with those that are constantly injured, such as named by Juan (although Cairns did have a long and successful career). Do the likes of Hoggard, Flintoff, Harmison, and Bresnan really fit this profile? All had long periods in the team. Probably too early to say with Broad, Cummins, Pattinson, Starc etc as well. The likes of Jones, Onions etc are the people I'm thinking of. There is a perception among some, myself included, that NZ has suffered more than most in this regard (until recently at least). This could just be due to me following NZ more closely and us having less depth, but depressingly, the list of NZers is longer than Juan lists. Iain O'Brien wrote a good article suggesting a reason why some NZ bowlers have been injury prone. Worth a read if you haven't already.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 16:28 GMT)

rutherfords list a avg is lower than sreesanth???still in the team..tom latham was a better choice i guess

Posted by regofpicton on (February 18, 2013, 10:58 GMT)

Combining his figures across the three T20 games, Boult took 2 for 100 off 10 overs. If he reproduces this form in the last 2 ODIs . . .

Its hard to go past Southee but Bracewell looks a better bet than Ellis both batting and bowling

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 8:27 GMT)

@MrArmchairCricket, Wiremu, Bring_back_Wright, I knew Juna Pablo was hinting at that, but if you look at it historically, every nation has had that problem for years. Look at England with Giles, Hoggard, Jones, Flintoff, Harmison, Broad, Bresnan, Tremlett, Onions, etc. Or Australia with Reiffel, Clark, Cummins, Pattinson, Lee, Tait, McDermott, Starc, Watson, Hilfenhaus, and there are more. India, with Aaron, Yadav, Kumar, Patel, Sreesanth, Sharma, Agarkar, Pathan, Nehra, Khan (there isn't much more that India produced in terms of pace bowlers but most of them struggled with injuries). Only Pakistan can really claim to not have a problem with injuries in recent times, at least to the extent of the above countries. South Africa has Philander as an occassional concern, but they're had their wobbles in the past, as have a few other top nations. Face it, fast bowling puts you on a collision course with injuries - and most countries have this problem every bit as badly as NZ.

Posted by satishchandar on (February 18, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

Two very big potentials are going out of the series now. But the welcome sign is, the guys coming in are not pushovers. Rutherford is a very good potential and has it in him to become a good cricketer. Southee is a proven performer and has been be the leader of the attack not so long ago. Would have loved to see Boult and Southee together though. Good luck Black Caps. Hope for good cricket around.

Posted by moaman on (February 18, 2013, 6:14 GMT)

@ Lee Wallace; Very interesting,especially considering I read this morning that the NZ management team were not going to select Southey for the NZ xi so as not to give England a look at him before the Tests.

Posted by Wiremu on (February 18, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

@ Michael, I think you may have misinterpreted Juan Pablo's comments. I believe he is referring to the fact that historically, NZ seamers have a strangely high frequency of being plagued by injury.

Posted by Bring_back_Wright on (February 18, 2013, 2:50 GMT)

@ Michael, I think Juan is trying to point out that NZ has a long history of seam bowlers who have chronic injury problems, and is hinting that McClenaghan may just be the latest. He has already had serious problems in his career. Hopefully he can stay more injury free than the names he listed!

Posted by   on (February 18, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

Interesting to call Southee up when another first class game would have been ideal preparation for the test series.

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