New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 December 25, 2012

McClenaghan added to New Zealand Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand and Auckland left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan will stay back in South Africa for the two-match Test series starting January 2. McClenaghan replaces Tim Southee, who was ruled out last week due to a thumb injury.

McClenaghan, 26, played the two Twenty20 internationals on the current tour, picking up a wicket in each game. "With Tim Southee's injury and Mark Gillespie being unavailable due to injury we have taken the opportunity to add Mitchell McClenaghan to the Test squad for the two match series against South Africa," New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said. "Mitchell has been an impressive performer over the past couple of domestic seasons and deserves this opportunity following a promising start to International Cricket during the T20 series in South Africa.

"Mitchell is a talented and exciting young fast bowler who has the ability to unsettle batsmen with his pace and bounce. We are confident if the opportunity arises during the tour he will perform well during the Test series."

McClenaghan has played 26 first-class matches, collecting 76 wickets at 39.03. This Plunket Shield season, he's played four matches and taken 14 wickets at 34.85. He said his raw pace was an asset. "I can definitely feel like I can bowl a good spell of heat and hopefully put them on the back foot."

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  • Lindsay on December 26, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Such a shame Milne is injured, would love to see him in a test match against the best. But good to see McClenaghan bowling well and taking his opportunities, hopefully he can prove to be a worthy replacement and bolster our pace bowling stocks even more.

  • David on December 26, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    At 6 foot 2 and left-arm over the wicket he will provide the South Africans with decent practice for when Pakistan visit the next month.

    Because it looks like they will be bringing Mohammad Irfan: similar pace, similar angle but 10 inches taller!

  • Peter on December 26, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Nothing impressive about his averages...just show desperate NZ is

  • Aaron on December 26, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Bishop, I like your analysis, keep up the good work.

  • Jon on December 26, 2012, 2:03 GMT

    Interesting move. I wonder if he'll get a game, though? Boult, Bracewell, Martin and Wagner are likely to be the first choice seamers. McClenaghan still looks quite raw, but he seems to want to run in and bowl fast and thats never a bad thing. Will do him good to get in the nets under the watchful eye of Shane Bond.

  • Nick on December 26, 2012, 0:24 GMT

    Thank god they didn't pick Brent Arnel

  • David on December 25, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Good decision....left arm quicks named Mitch have been Test match gold recently.

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