Mitchell McClenaghan upbeat about England series after successful IPL season

The fast bowler looks forward to joining the New Zealand squad for the five-match ODI series

With 18 wickets in 12 matches, McClenaghan was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the IPL © Getty Images
With 18 wickets in 12 matches, McClenaghan was the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the IPL © Getty Images (file photo)

Mitchell McClenaghan, the New Zealand fast bowler who starred in Mumbai Indians’ victorious IPL campaign by taking 18 wickets in the competition, has said the effort gave him confidence to contribute significantly to his country’s success in the upcoming ODI series against England. READ: Jos Buttler wants England to lose ‘fear of failure’ to match New Zealand’s aggression

“It was a dream run after the way we started the competition. To get on that sort of run and perform well as a team throughout the finals run was really pleasing. It gives me a lot more confidence. I didn’t get to play too many games over the summer. It gives me a lot more self-belief and hopefully I can take that form into this series and do a job for the team,” McClenaghan told stuff.co.nz. READ: Mike Hesson delighted with New Zealand’s aggressive approach against England

McClenaghan is part of a pool of fast bowlers vying for a permanent spot in the New Zealand setup, sharpening the force of Trent Boult and Tim Southee. He played a single match in the World Cup, against Bangladesh, otherwise missing out on all international cricket for more than five months. He will participate in the warm-up game at Leicester before the series begins. READ: New Zealand media showers praise on cricket team post 199-run win vs England in 2nd Test at Headingley

“I’m looking forward to the challenge over here, it’s a massive series. It will be nice just to get out there and get some miles under the legs before the series.”

New Zealand’s progress as a unit over the past year has been noticeable, especially as they have been developing their own exciting brand of cricket. Their Test win on Tuesday was another stamp on their quality. But McClenaghan was was quick to add caution.

“It’s really exciting isn’t it. We’re changing the dynamics in most forms of the game and we have to continue to lead the way. But we have to be wary as well, because teams like England have the players to be able to play our style of cricket and when they see that is maybe the way forward I can see them turning it around and being quite a formidable force again.”

The five-match series begins June 9 in Birmingham.

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