McClenaghan diagnosed with facial fracture

McClenaghan suffered the injury when he was hit in the face by a bouncer from Ali

McClenaghan suffered the injury when he was hit in the face by a bouncer from Ali

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New Zealand left-arm pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan suffered a hairline fracture just above his left eye after he was hit in the face by a bouncer from Pakistan seamer Anwar Ali during the first ODI in Wellington.

McClenaghan sustained the injury on the penultimate ball of New Zealand’s innings when the ball snuck through the gap between the visor and grill of his helmet. McClenghan immediately fell to the ground and received treatment on the pitch before getting up and walking back to the pavilion by himself amid cheers from the crowd.

McClenaghan was taken to hospital right away and gave an update on his condition via Twitter, while also lauding his side for winning the match by 70 runs.

“Thanks for all the concerns. Everything is as good as it can be just a few broken bones. Great win for the boys!” he tweeted.

The 29-year-old will miss the second ODI in Napier and has been listed as doubtful for the third and final match as he is set to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Friday.

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