New Zealand news January 28, 2016

Eye injury rules McClenaghan out of Australia ODIs


Coach Mike Hesson on Mitchell McClenaghan's injury: 'It appears that the fracture is a little worse than first thought' © Getty Images

New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been ruled out of the forthcoming one-day series against Australia, after the fracture above his left eye was diagnosed to be more serious than initially thought.

"It's certainly going to take at least a couple of weeks for him to recover," coach Mike Hesson said. "It appears that the fracture is a little worse than first thought. Hopefully he will be available for selection for the World T20. He has done really well for us in the T20s."

McClenaghan will undergo cosmetic surgery today, though New Zealand Cricket had initially said it would take place on Friday. "It's a concern when anyone has an operation," Hesson said. "We're confident that Mitch is in good hands."

The fracture had been sustained during the final over of New Zealand's innings on Monday. He was batting on 31 from 17 when the penultimate ball of the innings - from Anwar Ali - squeezed between the visor of his helmet and its grille to strike him flush on the left eye. McClenaghan was floored by the blow, and was seen bleeding from the eyebrow, but he walked off the field. He also received stitches above his eye in hospital that evening.

New Zealand play three ODIs against Australia between February 3 and February 8. A two-Test series follows, but McClenaghan has not recently been a part of the Test squad.

The World T20 begins on March 8 but New Zealand's first game is only on March 15, in what is officially the second round of the tournament after a qualifying first round.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando

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  • andrew on January 29, 2016, 23:32 GMT

    @Shahzad Khan I hope you have gone over to the Australia India forum to express your opinion since the straight boundaries at the MCG were measured at 61 metres.

  • Steve on January 29, 2016, 17:49 GMT

    I am afraid, this injury could be career threatening for Mitch. I hope his vision is not affected. Either he will become a better player or go down whenever he comes back. No sport is worth losing life or limb. Wish him a speedy recovery.

  • Usman Amjad on January 29, 2016, 16:50 GMT

    Pakistani fast bowler is very powerful Anwar wahab and now Amir we have every type of bowler but just lake of batting through out buf if pakistan gain proper batsman i hope day pak will be every format rank 1 and 1st Insha Allah and get well soon Mc and next time plz becarefull our fast bowler never easy to play

  •   Shahzad Khan on January 29, 2016, 8:17 GMT

    ICC should think about standard boundaries in ODI's and T20's. Boundaries should never be less than 70 meters from the center of the pitch.

  • david on January 29, 2016, 1:17 GMT

    @VISHU_THE_CRICKLOVER read my comment again. I did not make fun of his injury.. and wished him quick recovery...

  • HI on January 29, 2016, 0:20 GMT

    get well soon, and change the grille on the helmets please

  • Dawood on January 28, 2016, 23:26 GMT

    @Vishu_the_criclover. There is nothing wrong, funny or anything related to bating skills in Javed's comments. It's a fact that the speed of the ball has made a difference. Otherwise it could have been worse. Get well soon Mitch.

  • Venkat on January 28, 2016, 22:46 GMT

    I just hope his eyesight is fine

  • Cricinfouser on January 28, 2016, 20:35 GMT

    It's not cosmetic surgery! Is maxillofacial plastic reconstructive surgery for a traumatic injury. You make it sound like its a 'nip and tuck'?!

  •   Michael Dickson on January 28, 2016, 18:02 GMT

    RAM_N100, it wasn't a slow bouncer that hit Phillip Hughes. It was 140kph.

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