With a staggering 82 wickets in just 46 ODI’s, Mitchell McClenaghan is seriously in the contention of creating a few records. However, it comes as a jolt when one realizes that he is not a regular member of the New Zealand team.

Such has been the bowling talent in New Zealand that a bowler of McClenaghan’s caliber has to be benched and is not guaranteed a spot in the playing XI. The left arm pacer recently revealed that he was giving his best shot in order to cement his place in the team.

“I’m really making a conscious effort to really push hard over this summer to really try and cement my spot. I really want to make sure I do everything right conditioning-wise and recovery-wise to make sure I stay on the park,” McClenaghan said. 

The Kiwis have a lot of variety in their bowling department and the left arm pacer highlighted the same aspect. “We all have different attributes and that’s why we work so well as a group.

In the field you’ll see us talking to each other, just refreshing memories from scouting meetings,” McClenaghan said.

Speaking about the ODI series against Sri Lanka, he said, “We used Doug Bracewell quite a bit in the last game. He was really great in terms of giving a bit of feedback about what we want to do and what we want to try and achieve. The reason we’re going so well is we are working as a collective not as individuals. It’s all about execution, this game, and it’s really nice when we can pull that off as a unit. Everyone’s stuck to a plan and the rewards have been there.”



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