Milne handed Twenty20 call
August 15, 2012 10:13:17 UK
New Zealand have called up pace bowler Adam Milne for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka next month.
The squad has a good balance for Twenty20 cricket with explosive batmen and a good mix of pace and spin bowlers.Kim Littlejohn
Milne, 20, is one of the quickest bowlers in the country and his return - he made his debut as an 18-year-old - and that of left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori to the 15-man squad has left the Black Caps enthusiastic about their prospects.
"The squad has a good balance for Twenty20 cricket with explosive batmen and a good mix of pace and spin bowlers," said Kim Littlejohn, New Zealand's national selection manager.
"If they play to their ability they will be a very exciting and extremely competitive team at the ICC World Twenty20.
"Adam Milne has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different. We are confident he will have an impact in international cricket and will seize this opportunity.
"We are thrilled to have Daniel Vettori back in the fold. He brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge of conditions in the sub-continent.
"The squad also welcomes back James Franklin, who has been playing for Twenty20 cricket for Essex in the county competition.
"Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham and Dean Brownlie are the players who were part of the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies tour to have missed out on selection this time. They are all quality cricketers and we are sure they will put a lot of pressure on us to pick them in the future."
New Zealand, who warm up with two 20-over matches against India (in Vishakhapatnam on 8th September and Chennai on 11th September), are in Group D alongside Pakistan and Bangladesh, with two of the three going through to the next round.
The Black Caps are 1213.00 to win the World Twenty20, with Australia 1213.00 and holders England 1213.00.
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