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Continuous aggressive cricket against India will send message to top teams: McClenaghan

Wellington, Jan 21 : New Zealand's left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has vowed to continue playing aggressive cricket in the five match One Day International series against World No.1 India and send a message to other cricketing playing nations.


New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series with a 24-run win in the first one-dayer and McClenaghan hoped some good showings will send the right message to other top teams.

McClenaghan also hoped some consistent showings against the world champions could send a message to other powerful cricketing nations.

McClenaghan said these guys are good players but at no point are Black Caps going to back away from a fight, and added that they are going to get in their face.

The left-armer, playing his first ODI in his home province, was spearhead of New Zealand's aggressive bowling plan against India, and singled out opener Rohitr Sharma early, Fairfax NZ News reports.

Before the series, skipper Brendon McCullum had said that New Zealand would target wickets rather than trying to contain India and would not hesitate to play both McClenaghan and Adam Milne, who can also be expensive as he strives for extreme pace.

McClenaghan, meanwhile, repaid his captain's faith once again in the wickets column, his sixth four-wicket bag in 19 ODIs. McClenaghan has 47 career wickets at 19.78. He can't beat Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis, who took a record 19 ODIs to reach 50 wickets, but second place should be his in the 'fastest to 50' race.

--ANI (Posted on 21-01-2014)

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