Big blow for New Zealand, Mitchell McClenaghan out of ODI series against India with pelvis injury


A day after national selector Gavin Larsen effectively ruled Adam Milne out of the limited-overs leg of the India tour, New Zealand have been handed a setback to another frontline seamer, Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been ruled out of the tour of the sub-continent with a pelvis injury.

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The news was confirmed by New Zealand Cricket spokesman, two days after it was revealed that paceman Adam Milne was also in line to miss the five-match series, starting in Dharamsala on October 16, reported.

The 30-year-old, who has taken 82 ODI wickets in 48 matches, has not played a 50-over game since January when suffered a nasty blow in the eye while batting against Pakistan in Wellington.

The frontline seamer, however, had recovered in time to represent New Zealand at the World T20 in India. The absence of both Milne and McClenaghan could increase test squad member Doug Bracewell’s chances of making into the ODI squad, featuring Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Jimmy Neesham.