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McClenaghan's injury scary but part of game - Trent Boult

McClenaghan's injury scary but part of game - Trent Boult
Trent Boult ended up with a four-wicket haul in the first ODI against Pakistan.
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New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult stated that injuries are a part and parcel of the game after his teammate Mitchell McClenaghan suffered a hit above the eye during the first One-Day International against Pakistan on Monday.

McClenaghan was struck by a bouncer from Anwar Ali which resulted in a hairline fracture and he is currently ruled out of the ODI series against Pakistan. 

The 29-year-old did not bowl in the first ODI which New Zealand went on to win by 70 runs taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.

Speaking about McClenaghan's injury, Boult revealed that it was quite a scary experience to see his teammate being hit by the bouncer.

"It's never a nice sight to see one of your teammates down on the ground, it's pretty scary, (but) it's just part of the game, it's been going on for years," Boult told reporters.

"It's just a shame it happened yesterday.

"It still churns your stomach a little bit to see stuff like that happen and it's hard to talk about to be honest but we've just got to move on, it's just part of the game and it's always going to happen."

Boult further added that the latest helmets don’t allow the ball to pass through the grille and that McClenaghan was wearing an older style of helmet which had a larger gap.

The second ODI between New Zealand and Pakistan will get underway on the 28th January at the McLean Park in Napier. 

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