Cricket - Returning quicks to inspire Kiwis

New Zealand will relish the chance to raise their game if Stuart Broad and Steven Finn return from injury at Trent Bridge.

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Cricket - Returning quicks to inspire Kiwis

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Mitchell McClenaghan, right, claimed three for 35 in the second ODI

Broad and Finn are both back in the reckoning after sitting out defeats at Lord's and in Southampton with respective knee and shin injuries, but Mitchell McClenaghan senses their presence may merely provide the tourists with an extra edge of motivation as they push for a 3-0 series whitewash.

"They are both quality players and both have great records," said McClenaghan. "They are a lot taller than the bowlers they have been using, and add a bit more bounce. But our batsmen coped with it well in New Zealand, so I just see it being more of a challenge for our guys - and it will probably make us step up our intensity and try to get on top of them and take the series 3-0."

Jonathan Trott has made England's top two scores in a disappointing campaign to date, but McClenaghan does not worry that he might take the game away from New Zealand at any stage.

"We're quite in control of being able to contain Trotty," he said. "He's not one of the easiest batsmen to get out - you need to get him early - but he's not a (big) threat for us when he's out there."

Asked whether it might even be better for the tourists to keep Trott at the crease, McClenaghan said: "It could be the case sometimes, but Jonathan has set up a lot of wins for England.

"When they have chased down a big total he's been there at the end. He's definitely the rock of their unit - but I don't mind bowling to him."

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