McClenaghan judged tactics in first three overs

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New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan assessed how to bowl in Dharamsala within just three overs of Australia's innings with the ball.

The fast bowler was a late addition to the line-up, taking the place of Nathan McCullum as the Black Caps reverted from the three-pronged spin attack that proved so successful in their Super 10 opener against India.

It was a decision that paid dividends, with McClenaghan claiming two of his three wickets in the 19th over as Australia were kept at bay, falling nine runs short of their target of 143.

The New Zealand paceman revealed that a discussion with team-mates Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Nathan McCullum ensured his gameplan was laid out within the first 18 balls of the day.

"It was pretty early. I walked over after [Shane] Watson's second over, or halfway through the first - early into the game you have got to assess these kind of things - to Timmy [Southee] and Boulty [Boult] and Nath [McCullum] and kind of picked their brain," McClenaghan said.

"We basically, early, probably three overs into the game, realised 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."

Southee and Boult were left out for the second successive match in India, but McClenaghan assured they will be ready to step in when called upon - something which applies to everyone within the squad.

"That's the nature of our team - everyone's ready to go, everyone knows his role in the side, and, whoever gets picked on the day, whether is late or early, we are confident that our guys can do the job and they have got the skills to support the team," he added.

"We are just growing as a team. Our culture is going to new levels. We are confident in each other, we are confident in our own game.

"We just know what we have got the squad, we have got the depth and we trust each other."