India in New Zealand 2013-14

Bennett replaces Milne in NZ ODI squad

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January 21, 2014

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Adam Milne picked up two wickets, New Zealand v West Indies, 2nd T20, Wellington, January 15, 2014
File photo: Adam Milne tore an abdominal muscle on Sunday against India and will be out of action for six weeks © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by DJRNZ 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by boomslanger 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!

Posted by boomslanger 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

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by boomslanger 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

Posted by Naresh28 on (January 21, 2014, 9:59 GMT)

Milne was clocking 153kph - that is really good pace. His injury will give another fast bowler to come in. NZ has no shortage of them, compare this with India when one goes down with injury we replace with another 125-130kph bowler. This shows our lack of talent in this field.

Posted by __India__ on (January 21, 2014, 9:19 GMT)

Great to see Shane Bond on this forum & get to know his views. It was always a great sight to watch you going at full throttle. Dale Steyn is someone who reminds me of you, only slightly fitter. @Shane Bond: From my past experience on this forum & many other social forums, it's advisable not to entertain people who have very limited knowledge of cricket. It's best to just ignore such comments.

Posted by IndianInnerEdge on (January 21, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Oh no...bad news...i thought he was impressive with his speeds in the odi....what a shame....when u have a young quckie coming through and breaking down.....I hope he is trained correctly and develops into the next shane bond, if he can sustain and stay fit, he will add another dimension to the kiwi attack....always heightened expectation when u see a young one fling it at 150+.....I hope he comes back soon....good luck from an indian fan :)

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

There are people to replace when some is unfit to play. The life goes n.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

Really not sure why Neil Wagner can't make the ODI squad? Let's face it, Bennett will not get a game and that means we have Mills "steaming in" at about 115 kph. Clearly the Indian batsmen were intimidated by aggressive bowling in the first game, so why not through some more aggro at them in the form of Wagner?

Posted by imtiazjaleel on (January 21, 2014, 6:55 GMT)

I believe it is better to bowl medium fast and be fit instead getting injured after each spell.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

@Lermy Dude, Bennett is the fastest bowler after Milne in NZ. Then you've got Andy Mckay but he's above 30. What's wrong in playing Bennett?

@Truecricfan? (???true fan?). NZ attack is still good only Milne's fear factor is not there. Hamilton is pure road so he wouldn't have played as well. How about you? Your spearhead (?) is about 20-24 matches old.

Posted by Raj166 on (January 21, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Its a blessing in disguise for NZ. Mills should play now , he is economic bowler he could could control the runs inside the batting powerplay especially where NZ have leaked lots of runs in the previous match which almost cost the match for them

Posted by Lermy on (January 21, 2014, 6:17 GMT)

Replace Milne with Bennett, what a good idea, ha ha, NEXT....

Posted by truecric_fan on (January 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Without Milne, NZ attack is weak. India can redeem themselves in 2nd game.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 21, 2014, 5:45 GMT)

Adam Mline has pace, but he is inconsistent with his line and length. I think Mills should play ahead of Bennett as he is the most experienced player from the team.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 21, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Despite modern sports science, an entire entourage of backroom staff to take care of every whim and fancy, we see more and more young quicks (from every country) sidelined after bowling just a handful of overs.

Years ago, blokes bowled loads of overs for their domestic team, went straight into a Test and back to their domestic team. Season after season, nothing ever happened to them, they finished their careers having sent down a staggering number of overs.

They also happily downed a pint of beer at the end of a hard day's work, like real men. This current lot perform "warm downs" on the boundary edge (what in heavens is that?), then retire to the dressing room to drink some weird green shakes or equivalent.

Seriously, there's nothing wrong with a packet of crisps and a pint every now and again.

Posted by SeanB on (January 21, 2014, 5:25 GMT)

Unfortunate injury. Hope he recovers soon and has a long career. Team India is lucky.

Posted by InsideHedge on (January 21, 2014, 5:21 GMT)

Despite modern sports science, an entire entourage of backroom staff to take care of every whim and fancy, we see more and more young quicks (from every country) sidelined after bowling just a handful of overs.

Years ago, blokes bowled loads of overs for their domestic team, went straight into a Test and back to their domestic team. Season after season, nothing ever happened to them, they finished their careers having sent down a staggering number of overs.

They also happily downed a pint of beer at the end of a hard day's work, like real men. This current lot perform "warm downs" on the boundary edge (what in heavens is that?), then retire to the dressing room to drink some weird green shakes or equivalent.

Seriously, there's nothing wrong with a packet of crisps and a pint every now and again.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

@class9ryan these are nz bowlers not indian bowlers they do comeback with same speed adam milne was out for 6 months in the winter season because of the ACL he came back with same speed

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (January 21, 2014, 5:16 GMT)

Bad news for the game lovers. He seemed to be an exciting prospect in the Shane Bond mould. It would have been great to see him in the Test series too. I hope he gets well soon and sets the speed guns on fire in all versions. However, it is critical for him to remain injury-free as in the past most of the Kiwi bowlers have had periods of prolonged absence due to injuries.

Posted by SameOld on (January 21, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

Hope to see Milne back in action ASAP, he seems to be coming along very nicely for a young fella. Injuries are always going to part of fast bowling, unfortunately.

That said, I'm glad to see Bennett back in the mix. He's one of those bowlers that batsmen report "feel" faster than the gun reads, and if he's showing 140k or higher, that must feel pretty quick indeed. I don't think the Indian batsmen are going to enjoy facing him very much at all. He's another big tall fast bowler who fields well, too - Southee's two catches in the first ODI show how vital these guys can be.

Hopefully NZ give Bennett a go in Hamilton. They'll probably hold him back until they rest Southee later in the series, but I think that would be a mistake. Hit 'em fast and hard again before they are fully aclimatised. Dhoni has already said India will keep hooking- good! It hasn't worked out so well for India so far.

Best of luck, kiwis!

Posted by TATTUs on (January 21, 2014, 5:12 GMT)

What a shame. Why is this happening with NZ pacers? Is there something wrong with the system? You have Oram, Bond, Cairns, now Milne. But you also have an example of Richard hadlee.

Posted by wolf777 on (January 21, 2014, 4:20 GMT)

Suresh Raina is breathing little bit easy now...

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 21, 2014, 4:13 GMT)

so Rohit, Raina will be breathing easy

Posted by class9ryan on (January 21, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

At 21, all this can be expected. I hope he resumes soon and comes back with same speed unlike the likes of Munaf Patel, Irfan Pathan who have returned becoming line-length bowlers.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 4:10 GMT)

Boult has an injury niggle and is trying to come right for the tests. Bennett is talented however, but I expect Mills will play.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 21, 2014, 3:40 GMT)

perfect replacement, bowls above 140kms and is in good form, the black caps clearly want to scare the indians with pace otherwise it should have been matt henry's turn but i don't have a problem with bennets inclusion, he should play and not be 12th man, i like neesham and he can be quick but if the plan is to bounce india out then bennet should get the nod. if he gets to play and has a good series he may be a good option for the tests if we play four seamers, milne was probably a shoe in for that role so thats dissapointing but bennet is a handfull so im excited to see how he goes.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 21, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

this is a really bad decision. hope he doesn't play, he will get pumped.

Matt Henry deserved a spot way more. He has been consistent since debuting and has shown he can deliver at first class level.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 3:35 GMT)

Mills is a better option anyway. He's very over rated ..bowls quick but doesn't swing it and his seem position is pretty average. I'm a kiwi and I'm not predicting a huge future to be honest.

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 3:24 GMT)

@Rohan Dawson. Matt Henry is a line and length bowler with subtle seam and swing. But we have Tim Southee to do same along with (if needed) Kyle Mills. Pace is something which is missing hence Hamish Bennett. He along with Mitch Mcclenaghan is set to send down Short pitchers.

Posted by Antony_Lucas on (January 21, 2014, 3:15 GMT)

Hard to understand this selection of Bennett ahead of Matt Henry. Henry doesnt have the experience but hes got a very technically correct and is at least 10kmph faster. Bennett alot like McClenaghan in the way the ball hits the turf. Risk & reward

Posted by BenGundry on (January 21, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Good choice. Bennett did well in his ODI's in 2010/11 - he would probably have played a lot more if injury hadn't struck.

I'm glad they are saving Boult and Wagner for the tests - I wouldn't mind seeing Southee rested from most of the remaining ODI's also - he's going to need to bowl a lot of overs in the tests.

Posted by Zeyad68 on (January 21, 2014, 2:18 GMT)

Oh no.....he was amazing fast bowler No matter how much run these extreme fast bowler give they been loved by everyone

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 2:02 GMT)

Bennett? thought his Canterbury teammate matt Henry deserved an opportunity to be honest

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 1:58 GMT)

bad for nz and milne since he was impressive on the first game.

Posted by iceaxe on (January 21, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Left hand bat, right hand bowl... should be interesting. Sounds very talented, and I hope he carries his form against India. Go the Black Caps...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 1:43 GMT)

Lucky India... Shikkar and Raina can now breathe easy without Milne...

Posted by   on (January 21, 2014, 1:28 GMT)

in 2nd odi india chance to win this r all high dramas

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