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New Zealand left-arm pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI series against Australia due to a fractured bone above his left eye.
McClenaghan suffered the injury during the first ODI against Pakistan in Wellington on Monday when a bouncer bowled by Anwar Ali snuck through the gap between the visor and grill of his helmet and hit him in the face.
With his injury being more serious than initially thought, McClenaghan will be sidelined for the ODI series against the Baggy Greens.
“It’s certainly going to take at least a couple of weeks for him to recover,” coach Mike Hesson said. “It appears that the fracture is a little worse than first thought. Hopefully he will be available for selection for the World T20. He has done really well for us in the T20s.”
It has also been confirmed that McClenaghan will undergo minor cosmetic surgery in Auckland on Thursday. New Zealand initially said that he would go under the knife on Friday.
“It’s a concern when anyone has an operation,” Hesson said. “We’re confident that Mitch is in good hands.”