McClenaghan ruled out of ODIs against Oz

New Zealand

New Zealand fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan's eye injury is worse than first thought and he will miss the upcoming three ODIs against Australia, starting on 3 February.

The left-arm paceman was struck above his left eye while batting in the 50th over of the first ODI against Pakistan and did not take the field when the Black Caps came out to bowl.

Scans revealed that the 29 year-old McClenaghan had a hairline fracture and he was ruled out of the remaining two ODIs against Pakistan.

Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said he hopes the paceman recovers in time for the World T20, to be played in India in March.

Hesson said: "It's certainly going to take at least a couple of weeks for him to recover. It appears that the fracture is a little worse than first thought.

"Hopefully he will be available for selection for the World T20. He has done really well for us in the T20s. It's a concern when anyone has an operation. We're confident that Mitch is in good hands."

New Zealand will play Australia in three ODIs and two Tests at home.

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