McClenaghan eager to return after horror injury


Mitchell McClenaghan is eager to resume his career as the New Zealand paceman recovers from taking a sickening blow above his eye in the one-day series against Pakistan last month.

The left-arm quick had two plates inserted after suffering a fracture when he was struck by a short ball from Anwar Ali which got stuck in the grille of his helmet during the first one-day international at the Basin Reserve.

McClenaghan knows his injuries could have been far worse and the 29-year-old plans to get back in the middle as soon as possible.

"It went very, very close to going into my brain, had fragments in the sinus cavity, so the two plates were put in place to reinforce the orbital bone," said McClenaghan.

"But I'm hoping the job done [during surgery] is going to mean I'm going to be able to move forward."

He added: "My first thought was why didn't I hit it. Then when I was trying to get [the ball] out, my conscious thought was 'can I see'.

"I realised the impact was above the eye and I've seen a few cases where people haven't been able to make a comeback from that ... I calmed down as soon as I knew I was able to see out of the eye.

"It was a shock to see the damage, how bad it was and getting the plates was a bit of a shock as well.

"I'm hoping the job [the surgeon] has done is going to mean I'm going to be able to move forward and still play the game that I love."

McClenaghan is now gearing himself up to conquer any fears he will have when he next takes guard.

"I know it's going to be hard. The brain works in funny ways in terms of letting you do these kind of things, but I'm pretty confident I'll be able to overcome them." he said.

"I'm not overly bothered about that. The boys will tell you I'm pretty confident when it comes to throwing the willow around.

"I love taking the attack to the guys who have bowled to me in the past, I'm looking forward to the challenge."