New Zealand’s pace bowling contingent has been dealt a blow as Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the one-day international series against England due to a “low-grade” hamstring injury.
The team management made the announcement following the series opener in Cardiff, where Milne experienced hamstring tightness during training.
Unfortunately for the 31-year-old paceman, he couldn’t take part in New Zealand’s dominant eight-wicket victory over England in the first match of the four-game series. The Black Caps now lead 1-0 against the reigning 50-over world champions.
Despite his injury setback, Milne will stay with the squad in England to undergo rehabilitation. His absence has prompted the call-up of Ben Lister, a 27-year-old left-arm medium-pacer, for the second ODI in Southampton, scheduled for Sunday.
What makes Lister’s inclusion interesting is that he is already in England, representing Kent in the first-class County Championship season. Lister has previously played for New Zealand in 10 Twenty20 internationals and earned his first ODI cap against Pakistan in Karachi earlier this year.
New Zealand’s head coach, Gary Stead, emphasized the importance of player well-being, especially with a busy schedule on the horizon, including the upcoming World Cup in India next month.
Stead praised Lister, stating that he had impressed the coaching staff during their time in the UAE and warm-up matches in England. This sudden inclusion will provide Lister with valuable experience and exposure to senior players in the touring squad.
As New Zealand prepares for the World Cup and navigates a tight schedule, the team will be hoping for a swift recovery for Adam Milne, while also looking forward to witnessing Ben Lister’s contributions on the field.