ICC World Twenty20 2012

Milne and Vettori in New Zealand World T20 squad

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August 15, 2012

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Adam Milne sends one down, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch, December 30, 2010
Adam Milne will be back in New Zealand colours over the next month © AFP
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The fast bowler Adam Milne has been named in New Zealand's squad for the ICC World Twenty20, 18 months after he last played for his country. Daniel Vettori has also been included after being ruled out of the upcoming Test series in India due to a groin problem, and he will have the chance to test his injury early next month with the same squad to play two T20s in India on September 8 and 11.

There was no room for Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham, Daniel Flynn or Dean Brownlie, all of whom were part of New Zealand's squad for their most recent T20s, in the West Indies. As expected, James Franklin is part of the final 15, having missed the West Indies games because the team management wanted to allow him an extended run in the T20 format in county cricket instead of flying in to the Caribbean for just two games.

Others left out from the original 30-man preliminary squad include the fast bowlers Neil Wagner, Andy McKay and Trent Boult, and the legspinner Tarun Nethula. The national selection manager, Kim Littlejohn, said he was pleased to see the return of Milne, 20, who debuted for New Zealand as an 18-year-old in December 2010.

"Adam Milne has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different," Littlejohn said. "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."

After their two matches in India, New Zealand head to Sri Lanka for the World T20, where they must first face Pakistan and Bangladesh in the group stage, before learning whether they have qualified to move through into the next phase.

New Zealand squad Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (capt), Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne.

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Posted by   on (August 17, 2012, 6:07 GMT)

How embarressing is it going to be for them if India go down to NZ now.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

add whoever you want it's not like they have any chances of winning anyway..

Posted by gothetaniwha on (August 16, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

The problem with our ( NZ ) is not the bowling , its the best its been since Hadlee retired with Bracewell , Southee , Boult , al in there early 20s Wagner ,Milne and Wheeler coming through , its the batting ,we can,t seem to bat more than a day in a test match .

Posted by HairyKiore on (August 16, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

James Franklin???Laxidasical is a word that comes to mind but thats NZ selectors for you ..I do however welcome the selection of Milne ...Lets hope he has improved over the off season and if he has he will be a real asset ...would have George Worker in for Ross Taylor ..If he is eligible to play for NZ..and poor Jessie ...is it because he gave that terrible Olympic commentator a going over in the boxing ring? Things happen in strange ways in NZ cricket ...Hk

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

@plow

He was clocked in the 20/20 at around150kph. I can't remember the exact speed but it think it was 148kms

Posted by GasPipe on (August 16, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

@Plow when he played in the Twenty20s a couple of years ago, he was mostly in the 140s and he did break the 150 mark a few times. He certainly is capable of 150-155, whether he does it regularly is another matter.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

@plow Yes he can bowl that fast previously it has made no difference because he didn't really do anything with the ball. When you go up against the top order of the big cricketing countries that extra 10km is not going to help when the batsmen are confident of where the ball is going to end up. With the great fast bowlers like lee, steyn, malinga and Bond they are great because of their swing and skill where the batsmen have no time to make decisions on where the ball is going. It has been 18 months since Milne played international cricket, if NZ Cricket has developed his skills to include some variation he could clean up. If he comes out and continues to bowl as he did his 150km balls are going to sit up to be smash him back out of international cricket.

Posted by   on (August 16, 2012, 0:20 GMT)

@Plow

Just wanted to weigh in on the Milne debate. I'm going over footage of the T20 against Pakistan and the fastest ball I can find is 154km/h. He sent it down a few times over 150 and was consistently in the 145ish area. I'm not sure what his longevity would be like in the longer form but given his age, he could well become one of the quickest bowlers around if his back holds up.

Posted by beejaytee on (August 15, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

@Lermy, et. al. - I'm an Aussie who has spent a little bit of time in England, Canada & NZ over recent years. All of these countries are packed to the gunwales with ex-pat South Africans. No surprise that some of them play cricket. It's not about cricket boards *luring* players overseas, it's just the small matters of endless civil wars all over Africa, and SA's own social and political "issues". GET OVER IT! You and I would do the same thing in these guys' shoes.

Posted by plow on (August 15, 2012, 22:06 GMT)

@ qpzmwoxn.. Can Milne honestly bowl at 150 to 155 km/hr? If so that makes him the fastest in the world right now. Steyn puts it down around 145 on a good day, M. Morkel a nudge quicker, and honestly cont think of too many other bowlers right now really heaving it down. Maybe Fidel Edwards is another genuine quick. To say 150 to 155 is a huge claim and if that is true I expect Milne to be known as the only genuine fast bowler in the world right now assuming he is good enough to continue playing international cricket. My guess is that he will put it down in the high 130's and just nudge it over 140 to 143 km/hr...on his quick ones, thats it.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 19:49 GMT)

@Lermy; true, NZ does have limited playing depth, due to being a small country. But we hardly "prop our game up" with South Africans. Van Wyk and Wagner moved here of their own accord due to issues at home, Watling was born in Durban but has been here since he was a kid - not exactly a career move. There are a number of other South African-born players in the First Class system here (such as the Cachopa brothers), but most of them moved here as children with their families, and just happen to play cricket (and don't mention the De Boorder's - they were born in NZ).

Posted by Lermy on (August 15, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

NZ have very limited playing depth, so the fact is they will seldom have a team full of top class players. They may occasionally knock over a top team, but then again so does Bangladesh and the Netherlands. A NZ team would struggle to consistently beat top state or county sides. That slide will continue as NZs population becomes more asian and polynesian... ...those cultures don't play cricket much and nothing has been done to market the game to them. Why do you think NZ has to prop up its team with so many South African imports?

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (August 15, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

As always, the Black Caps could be dark horses. But, realistically I can't see them go past the group stages unless they have victories like the one they achieved over SA during the world cup last year. NZ has an insipid batting line up and their bowlers just like many other 'pace' dependent sides will struggle on the low and slow wickets of SL. Perhaps only SA and WI could adapt well in such conditions thanks to IPL, SLPL and BPL experience. AUS, ENG, and NZ would all miss out. However, I feel the most likely winner would come from an Asian team.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

What a shame. A talent like Jesse Rider would have been ideal for NZ in this tournament. Got wasted. Reminds me of India's Vinod Kabmbli's self-inflicted atrophy of yore!

Posted by phendel on (August 15, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

NZ got it real bad this world cup.....they hv two very strong sub-continental sides in their group.....plus a lack of hitting power with ryder out....& some of their best players like sytris already retired....batting will rest on franklin, taylor, mccullum & guptill alone.....they need to play really good cricket to even make it out of the group of death 'D'

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

1.Gup 2.Rob 3.Baz 4.Rossco 5.Will 6.Frankie 7.Jake 8.Matei 9.Dan 10.Doug 11. Mills Good Team/Squad. Plenty of Batting/Bowling options. Variation in rest of squad Experience mixed with some youngsters. The test players will have a good work out form a strong Indian batting line-up. Milne has had Shane Bond coach him at his domestic team for the last couple seasons, so hopefully that has had some effect. Hopefully make it to a semi.

Posted by jonesy2 on (August 15, 2012, 12:58 GMT)

NZ need to back themselves to win the world t20 because the fact is anyone can win it thats hthe beauty of the shortest format. great to see young milne in there he is super talented why hasnt he been playing recently?

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

With Williamson and watling their it seems both are going to be in the same team in the same day how do u expect to win games with players like that ..... Seriously I'm a proud kiwi supporter but how about we pick a team that will compete and do us proud rather than make us the laughing stock of world cricket . I hope to get proven wrong but this really angers me . Whats Williamson gonna do needing 15 a over cuming in at 6 push a single ???. Don't see y Scott Syris didn't come out of retirement sure I'm he was asked he would of

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Who care about them....they can be knocked out in the group stage

Posted by strokerkiwi on (August 15, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

I don't understand NZ's obsession with trying to thrust young people into the limelight like this. Milne hasn't made much of an impact at home...it's like they are relying on him to *do something amazing* like the good kiwi kid he is. There's no doubt he's got talent, but if you can't even make it on the home scene (in all it's, uhh...glory), then how can you seriously expect him to step up and bowl fast and accurate on the worlds' most slower-bowler friendly wickets? I guess we'll just have to wait and see, and i'll happily eat my words!

Vettori will be good in the team, he's an old head and we need that kind of experience there. He may not be taking many wickets but he does slow the scoring down, and in 20/20 many games are won out of sheer pressure and the resulting frustration shots from batsmen. If New Zealand can keep their egos in check with the bat, then they're in with a shot....we're pretty competitive in this form.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

Group D stand for the Group of Death now!

Posted by MrZygon on (August 15, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

Picking Milne is a good idea. In domestic cricket he's easily a yard or two quicker than Bracewell, Southee etc. This gives the attack a bit more depth.

He played against Pakistan a couple of years ago and got murdered but was playing on tiny grounds like Eden Park. I expect he will hurry up a few batsmen and could cause problems for Bangladesh.

Aside from Mckay he's probably the only bowler NZ has that can bowl over 145k. Wagner's figures in first class are excellent but he got dropped from Otago's 20 20 side for being too expensive and not getting wickets. Boults figures in domestic 20 n20 aren't that crash hot either and Franklin can cover as a left arm seamer. Shame styris retired. But overall nice work selectors.

Posted by qpzmwoxn on (August 15, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

i dont know why you are all complaining about milne, this is a positive move by nz cricket bringing in a new young fast bowler, his stats aint that bad like some of you say but the main thing is that he can bowl 150-155 KM/h

Posted by baghels.a on (August 15, 2012, 9:09 GMT)

BJ Watling for T-20 got to be a joke,somebody like Latham who is a young and hard hitting batsmen must be in the mix,i will love to be proven wrong but this Kiwi team won't go far in the tournament !!

Posted by stickywicketnick on (August 15, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Finally NZ cricket have woken up and picked Adam Milne. I think this tournament should have been used as a way to blood new players. A bit surprising that Boult didn't make the side considering he was one of the few that played well in the West Indies, but maybe the selectors want to look after him for tests?

Obviously a few of you haven't read the news to do with Ryder. He is not available for NZC selection at this time, a decision he and his manager made after the IPL. My hope is that he his back in time for the English tour early next year.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Adam Milne's stats look pathetic. Why the hell is he in the squad? Jesse Ryder had better be injured or else this is insane. I thought Wagner might get a shot but hey that isn't quite as dumb as leaving Ryder out.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Still No Jesse Ryder?????? He is Far Better than williamson

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

To all: The reason why Milne played only 6 HRV cup (T20 domestic) games was because he got injured. Also if you look at the stats 512FM, he did not have a bad season at all. Yes, he had control issues at times, but so do a lot of bowlers with that speed (e.g. Lee early on, Shaun Tait, Akhtar) .Not to mention in this years' IPL, pace bowlers dominated, not the spinners. Even in sub continent conditions, 20 overs isn't enough time for the pitch to change so much that it benefits spinners like with Test matches. Mills is MUCH better than Boult in T20 cricket. You must select players based upon how well they play IN EACH format. Some players that are good at say ODIs aren't good with Tests and so on. This is why you see vastly different squads in each format with a lot of countries e.g. England. Also you need someone who finds gaps and rotates the strike in the middle overs and Williamson is very good at that and why he should be at #3 with B.McCullum and Guptill opening

Posted by ani100 on (August 15, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Where is jessi ryder.....?

Posted by pranab708 on (August 15, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

Its ok now. Good job editor.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

what a terrible team choive u have so many test players in their y havent we done what other countrys have done packed our team with t20 players people hu can hit and win ggames rather than 1s and 2s players

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

Good squad,best of luck kiwis

Posted by nskaile on (August 15, 2012, 5:18 GMT)

Thank u fo giving Milne a chance BUT NZ really dont knw how to select a team at all. Milne is a FAST bowler and he wont be doing too good on pitches of SL. Im happy and sad at same time about this young guy cuz hes gonna do badly on those pitches and then he will be dropped for ever while we will have players like ORAM keep playing till 2050! And why the heck they dropped Brownlie? He dint do any good in WI so he got dropped so in tht case McCullum, Taylor etc all should be dropped too. When will NZ board learn?

Posted by yetigoat on (August 15, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

Doing well in training is all you need for NZ cricket. they never play warm up games, so match practice is obviously unnecessary

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

Best XI would be 1.Guptill 2.Nicol 3.B McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Williamson 6.Franklin 7.Oram 8.N McCullum 9.Vettori 10.Bracewell 11. Southee/Mills

Posted by axe_hay on (August 15, 2012, 4:48 GMT)

Where is Jesse Ryder ? Why did they drop New Zealand's only genuine allrounder ?? Injured ?? Out of form?? Indisciplined ???

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 4:02 GMT)

Kane Willaimson is not suited for T20 format n also his poor form....Why is Jessy Ryder not on the squad?

Posted by beejaytee on (August 15, 2012, 3:40 GMT)

@Raza Hyder - Agreed. Perhaps they are worried about Boult burning out? Should have begged Styris to return. Maybe they did, but he knocked them back. Hope they give Jake a shot at 2nd drop. Might fail, but he's a game-changer, and we don't have too many of those.

Posted by pranab708 on (August 15, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

In the home page of the website this headline is shown as "Milne and Vettori in New Zealand Word T20 squad". Editor kindly rectify...

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 3:04 GMT)

It's a very pleasant surprise to see Hira in the squad. I think that he will become our best T20 player (ahead of Vettori, McCullum, Taylor etc.) Partially because of his heady bowling, partially because of his effective (and under-rated) batting, but significantly because of his fielding. With him, Guptill and Williamson in the team there will be a lot less opportunities for teams to turn the strike over. Those three can cover a lot of ground, meaning that we can put an extra fielder out, without easing up the pressure.

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

Word 20-20 haha :P ...................................

Posted by   on (August 15, 2012, 2:40 GMT)

Bit of a boo-boo cutting Boult but spot on otherwise. Perhaps a good idea to entice Styris back given his current form.

Posted by qpzmwoxn on (August 15, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

good to see milne in there, would have liked to see boult in there instead of mills. probly one batter short as oram is mainly a bowler now, maybe broom or latham instead of hira

Posted by 512fm on (August 15, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

NZ crickets reasoning for selections just continues to get more bizarre. "Milne is selected because he has some pace and has done well in training" I have a feeling they are thinking the tournament is played in south africa not Sri Lanka. Add in the fact that he had a terrible domestic season last summer. In sub-continental conditions I'd have to say its an upset if we even make it out of the group stage, especially considering Bangladesh hammered us 4-0 the last time we played them in those conditions.

Posted by Gerrystackle on (August 15, 2012, 1:43 GMT)

Interesting selection - however Milne does have some genuine wheels thats for sure (his action reminds me a bit of a young Jason Gillespie). His selection will prove popular with many of the Kiwi supporters who have been crying out for some pace. The issue will be around his experience...he hasn't played a lot of first class cricket.

Not sure the sub-continent tracks will help him.

Posted by kc69 on (August 15, 2012, 1:41 GMT)

I don't understand why NZ crickte board keeps on sticking with Kane Williamson again and again while he is in pathetic form.NZ cricket board needs to change its approach to survive in cricket as a test playing nation

Posted by NanoTechnology on (August 15, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Does anyone know why Milne has only played 6 first class games? I thought he'd be building his fitness and match skills with the anticipation of being our premium pace bowler within a couple years. He seems to have been on the fringes of selection for a while, but has hardly played for his county.

I would have thought T20 its a tough way for a young guy to break into the big time. One bad over (maybe looking for some swing) and you've ruined your figures. Doesn't seem to me to be a good way to encourage a true fast bowler to take some risks and be an attacking weapon. Players who have done that in T20 like Lee, Tait, Malinga, and Steyn all had years of county experience, and except for Tait a good deal of test experience.

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