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New Zealand's Mitchell McClenaghan reveals scars of bouncer in Pakistan match

New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult says it churned his stomach to see team-mate Mitchell McClenaghan lying prone after being hit by a bouncer, but insists it's part of the game.

McClenaghan suffered a fracture above his left eye and required stitches after a bouncer from Pakistan's Anwar Ali snuck through his helmet grille. He retired hurt and played no further part in the first ODI, which New Zealand won by 70 runs, and will undergo "minor cosmetic surgery" in Auckland on Friday.

Black Cap felled by a bouncer

New Zealand tailender Mitchell McClenaghan suffers a black eye after being struck in the face during the first ODI against Pakistan in Wellington. Graphic content.

McClenaghan tweeted a photo of the shiner on his left eye with the caption: "and the long drive home begins". He was advised against flying in order to avoid any further swelling and was collected by his mother and sister in Wellington to drive home to Auckland.

Mitchell McClenaghan collapsed on the pitch after the bouncer crashed through his grille.
Mitchell McClenaghan collapsed on the pitch after the bouncer crashed through his grille. Photo: Sky Sport

"It's never a nice sight, one of your team-mates down on the ground. It is pretty scary but it is part of the game, it's been going for years, it's just a shame it happened yesterday," Boult said.

"It's pretty tragic what has happened over the last wee while [the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes after he was hit] and it still churns your stomach a little bit to see stuff like that happen and it's hard to talk about. We've just got to move on, it's part of the game, and it's always going to happen, that kind of stuff."

Boult said McClenaghan was wearing an older style helmet, which was perhaps the reason the ball snuck between the grille and the peak.

"The newer helmets, supposedly that can't happen. The visor gap between the grille and the lid is supposed to be smaller," Boult said. "Mitchell was wearing an older helmet, I believe, and that was down to his personal preference. Generally the newer helmets are a bit more indestructible."

 

And the long drive home begins... 🐼#roadtorecovery #cantfly #mumandsistotherescue #naturalcarshade

A photo posted by Mitchell McClenaghan (@mitch_m81) on

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