New Zealand will relish the chance to raise their game if Stuart Broad and Steven Finn return from injury at Trent Bridge tomorrow, according to Mitchell McClenaghan.
Broad and Finn are back in the reckoning after sitting out defeats at Lord's and the Ageas Bowl with respective knee and shin injuries, and left-arm pace bowler McClenaghan senses their presence may merely provide the tourists with an extra edge of motivation as they push for a 3-0 whitewash.
"They are both quality players and both have great records," said McClenaghan, pictured. "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."
Whoever is in the opposition, McClenaghan warns New Zealand have the ability not only to complete the whitewash but also prove a match for the world's best in the Champions Trophy over the next three weeks.
"We're a good side and we're really starting to click together," he said. "We're led well...I can see us doing this a lot more in future.
"We don't want to go to the Champions Trophy after having lost a game. We want to keep the momentum going. I really like our chances. There's a real positive buzz...we hope we can continue this form and get through to the final."