McClenaghan: Bone was close to my brain

New Zealand

New Zealand paceman Mitchell McClenaghan is set to resume light training after having surgery on his broken eye socket, and revealed that the damage could have been much worse.

McClenaghan was hit by a bouncer that squeezed between his helmet peak and grill in a match against Pakistan last month, and he required surgery afterwards as shards of bone were dangerously close to his brain.

He is hopeful of returning to the game in time for the World Twenty20 in March, and will get back to training soon. He will make use of a newer, safer helmet, given he was wearing an older model at the time.

McClenaghan said, according to Cricinfo: "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.

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

He added of the psychological impact: "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. 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."