India in New Zealand 2013-14 January 21, 2014

Bennett replaces Milne in NZ ODI squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Fast bowler Hamish Bennett has been chosen as a replacement in New Zealand's ODI squad for the injured Adam Milne for the remainder of the five-match series against India. According to a New Zealand Cricket (NZC) release, an MRI scan revealed a torn abdominal muscle which will sideline Milne for approximately six weeks.

Milne sustained the injury during New Zealand's 24-run win in the first ODI at Napier. He finished with figures of 1 for 40 in 7.3 overs before leaving the field midway through the 41st over with what appeared to be a side strain.

Bennett, 26, has played one Test and 12 ODIs for New Zealand and will join the squad at training in Hamilton on Tuesday ahead of the second ODI on Wednesday. His last appearance for New Zealand came in the 2011 World Cup, when he took 0 for 16 in 4.1 overs in a 112-run loss to Sri Lanka at Mumbai.

During the 2013-14 New Zealand domestic season, Bennett is the leading wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield with 24 scalps at 23.12 in five matches for Canterbury, who currently sit in first place in the first-class competition.

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  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    He is always trying to do more than he can (partly due to knowing pace is really the only true strength of his bowling)... thus watching him bowl is a bit uncomfortable and I was so unsurprised he side-strained after a game or two. Good bowlers, regardless of chat or what not, stay relaxed and aim for rhythm. He neither intimidates (as he is emotionally uncomfortable) with words or body language, nor stays relaxed (which is why you would think he isn't doing the former). It is essentially fast bowling in total isolation. Small guy, all effort, no rhythm from relaxation, no swing or seam (comparably to the other bowlers)... just pace short or short of a length... no death bowling yorkers either for that matter... so, limited by moment he can bowl too. Sorry to be devil's advocate... and he definitely belongs in the squad to cover other bowlers' injuries. And Benett is not as good and should not be in the team at all, for injury or otherwise.... But play Neesham if Milne fit or not.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 22:40 GMT

    The pitches in Aussie have traditionally supported more pace and bounce than anything produced in NZ. Perhaps the likes of McGrath and Lee have had long, relatively injury free careers because a little less effort is required to produce pace and thus hurry up the batsmen; in NZ the bowlers may have been overdoing it of sorts to bowl 140 clicks + and in turn injuring themselves? Possible?

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Milnes first class record is sweet. A few more years in top level and no injurys he may turn out quite a good bowler for nz. Hopefully he will learn not to try so hard for pace and work on his tec.

  • David on January 21, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    Another promising Kiwi fast bowler injured... who is next? and why do our quicks always have issues? So many retired too early or had massive injury issues throughout their career - Bond, Cairns, Thompson, Allot, Doull, Nash and recently Bennett to name a few. Never understood why yet the likes of Lee, McGrath and other great fast bowlers had long careers while our quicks our always cut short. Hopefully doens't happen to the current crop.

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    @boomslanger Sunny was not the best player of fast bowling of his era.Even in India, we had mohinder and Visvanath who where better than Sunny when it comes to playing genuine quicks on faster tracks.Gavaskar excelled in playing the quicks on tracks that were little slower in nature.Also his statistics against WI were boosted by his first series when none of the great pacers were around.The next time he scored well was when the WI greats were away with Kerry Parker.A quick dissection of his career statistics against WI will reveal the true story.And make no mistake ,,he was the best Test batsman to emerge out of this country ..way ahead of Dravid,Tendulkar etc.

  • Bingo on January 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    I hope Mr. Bond will drop by tomorrow (per US PST time (17:00hrs approximately) to expert commentate? The current crew is too old and placid, needs some spice> Some Shane Bond chin music, perhaps? specially to the greatest fast ball player of all ye ancient Sunny Gavaskar!

  • Bingo on January 21, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    @Shane Bond, Mate, I was just addressing those 'uns who decided that having Milne on the side won the series for NZ as all Indian batters would run for cover. This is ignorant and it must be understood that Milne is far too new to this type of responsibility and New Zealanders, specially must protect him. I think he got his injury from trying too hard. Don't want him to go out of action for a frivolous reason. I want to very much see him grow faster and stronger and am waiting for the day when I shall see him hurl thunderbolts at the Aussies. Frankly I don't care what he does to the Indians, It is what he does to the Poms and Aussies that I am interested in. As a certain Shane Bond, a fast (er.. very fast) bowler knows, a fast bowler must look after his body and a fast bowler does not get wickets from bowling 150+ Kmph against such an Indian batting line-up which, barring one or two, seem to be fresh out of a batting academy where the Instructors have been the like of Lee, Tait, Bond

  • Dummy4 on January 21, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    Its a fair decesion, but I dont comprehend why NZC will give a flat track to a team like india? Shouldn't they make green tops, hard and bouncy?

  • Android on January 21, 2014, 12:20 GMT

    @_India_Agreed, Perhaps I lost my cool.

    Boomslanger, mate how many countries have a fast bowler clocking 153.4 ks? I agree he's no Steyn or Johnson or Roach but he's 21 and learning. His stock delivery is a good length which rears up at an alarming pace. But as time goes, he'll get better. Dhawan didn't attack him the time he played. Kohli's good but he did what he was brought for in the side "Intimidation and Pace". He hurried Raina and Dhoni several times.

  • Bingo on January 21, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    Milne is fast and it is always a great experience to watch a fast bowler bowl. But intimidate the Indian batsmen? Hardly. Remember they have just come in from South Africa , having faced up to some sustained fast, vicious and hostile bowling from some of the renowned exponents of fast bowling on pitches with far more bounce and bite than the benign Napier pitch. New Zealand has some ways to go before they can start congratulating and back-slapping themselves on having a hostile bowling attack a-la Australia. If anything, it was a marvel that the Indian Batters did not take him apart. Probably because Dhavan and Sharma, the two batters who'd have been the ones to do so were gone before he came to bowl. As it were, he took Raina, known for his shortcoming against the short ball and ran into Kohli who does not have any known shortcomings. Milne 7.3 overs cost 40 runs and he would have gone for more with the ball coming nicely on to the bat of a placid Napier's pitch. No Johnson yet, is he

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