LONDON: Fast bowler Adam Milne has been ruled out of the one-day series against England after failing to recover from the heel injury which ended his World Cup campaign.
Ben Wheeler, the left-arm seamer who bolstered the New Zealand squad early in the tour, has been named as Milne’s replacement.
Milne did not take his place in the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore following the end of his World Cup at the quarter-final stage and, given his injury history, New Zealand are taking a cautious approach with the quick who is capable of topping 90mph (144kph).
“It’s been a hard time for Adam,” Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said. “He has worked really hard to get back to full fitness but unfortunately he is still suffering pain and is unable to bowl at his best.
He is a young man and has a long career ahead of him so we are focused on making sure he is 100 percent fit before he returns.”
Milne’s international career has been hampered by injuries. At the start of the last New Zealand season, he was ruled out of the series against South Africa with an elbow injury which followed an abdominal muscle strain against India last year.
Back in early 2013 he missed a one-day series in South Africa due to an Achilles problem.
Wheeler, 23, was one of the names covering for the IPL players during the warm-up period before the Test series, during which he took 5 for 18 against Somerset, and has remained with the squad.