New Zealand’s chief architect behind their crucial win over Australia at Dharamsala was left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan. McClenaghan struck at the crucial junctures for New Zealand and punctured Australia’s chase with his accuracy. The most impressive aspect about McClenaghan’s spell was that he hit the right lengths and never allowed the Australian batsmen to get on top of him.
He spoke about the significance of hitting the right lengths and said, “I walked over after Shane Watson’s second over or halfway through the first. We were thinking about and talking early into the game you have got to assess these kind of things. Walked over to Tim Southee and Trent Boult and Nathan McCullum and kind of picked their brain.”
“We basically, early, probably three overs into the game, realized it was not a yorker wicket. It was really hard to time off back of a length and cutters and change-ups. Every time someone went on pace they got pumped. That assessment was made pretty early,” McClenghan added.
McClenghan spoke about the culture within the New Zealand setup and said, “Our culture is going to new levels. We are confident in each other, we are confident in our own game. We have left guys like Matt Henry at home who has arguably been our best bowler this year.
We just know that we have got the squad, and we have got the depth, and we trust each other. To leave people out like that, kind of says a lot for where we are going as New Zealand cricket.”