New Zealand pacer Adam Milne ruled out of ODI series against England due to his hamstring injury he sustained during early January. He was reported of tightness during training before the first match of ODI series and was not part of the playing 11.
Adam Milne ruled out of ODI series against England
New Zealand had victory in the first ODI match of their England’s tour 2023 with eight wickets at Sophia Gardens.
Adam Milne had suffered a hamstring injury during January that had forced him to withdraw from the series against India and Pakistan.
Adam Milne’s scan has revealed that he have to undergo rehabilitation before he can bowl again. He is part of the squad like Kane Williamson is involved currently. He is also placed in the squad for the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh which is said to start on September 21.
With New Zealand announced its squad for the upcoming World Cup 2023 in India, the changes can be done until September 28.
“Milne suffered hamstring tightness at training in Cardiff before yesterday’s opening ODI and a subsequent scan revealed he would need a period of rehabilitation,” said a statement from New Zealand Cricket.
“We have short turnarounds between these matches and want to try and look after the players as much as possible with the upcoming schedule,“ head coach Gary Stead.
“With Ben already here in England, it meant we could have him join the squad at short notice without the recovery time of a bowler joining from New Zealand mid-series. Ben impressed us in the UAE and [in the] warm-up matches in England, and will continue to learn being around some senior players in the touring group.”
The team is having some issues with batting line-up as Kane Williamson and Michael Bracewell have sustained long term injuries. With Milne’s absence, New Zealand went for pace attack with likes of Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Kyle Jamieson and Matt Henry.
Ben Lister, a left arm pacer has been selected by New Zealand as a replacement. He was representing Kent in the County Championship season this season.
Ben Lister has played 10 T20Is and 1 ODI match in his career. The 27-year-old made his ODI debut during the Pakistan tour this year and was placed in the T20I squad against UAE.
With New Zealand won first match of the ODI series against England, they will be playing the second match on the September 10 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.