Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 December 23, 2010

Call-up surprises teenager Adam Milne

ESPNcricinfo staff

Adam Milne, the 18-year-old Central Districts fast bowler who has been named in New Zealand's squad for their Twenty20 series against Pakistan, has said he was surprised by the call-up in just his first year of senior cricket, but was excited at the opportunity.

"I think they [the selectors] just picked me on what I've done so far," Milne, who has also been named in the 30 probables for the 2011 World Cup, told the regional newspaper Manawatu Standard, "They want me to go out there, and do what I have been doing, and bowl at a good pace." Just over a year ago, Milne was still playing school cricket and he only made his first-class debut in March 2010, when he took 4 for 52 for Central Districts against Canterbury.

Milne made his Twenty20 debut for Central Districts in their Champions League T20 campaign in September, during which he was clocked at 145kph. Milne said he has probably been bowling faster during the 2010-11 domestic season in New Zealand, where speed guns aren't being used. Shane Bond, the Central Districts Twenty20 bowling coach, tipped him to get even quicker with age, and Milne agreed it was a possibility. "I'm sure there could be [an increase in pace] if I got a little bit stronger and worked a few things out," he said.

Milne was given a contract with Central Districts only two months ago and has played three first-class matches and eight domestic Twenty20 matches. His Central Districts coach Alan Hunt said Milne wasn't a finished product but merited a chance in the national team. "In my view he needs a bit more time yet," Hunt said. "But he's certainly a raw talent and if they want to try somebody, why not him I guess."

Milne's selection came just two weeks after the newly-appointed national selector Lance Cairns told the Manawatu Standard he wanted to see Milne given time to play more domestic cricket.

New Zealand's three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starts on December 26 in Auckland. Ross Taylor will captain the side with Daniel Vettori rested.

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  • Dummy4 on December 26, 2010, 21:29 GMT

    Williamson was a batsman and they gave him a few seasons of domestic cricket first, which is what they should be doing with Milne. But the selectors are obviously worried about fielding such a weak bowling lineup at the world cup that they are fast tracking him. Granted the current bowling attack is weak but Milne's career does not deserve to suffer because of it. Give Sherlock and McKay a fair crack instead and focus on preserving Milne's career not detrimenting it.

  • Andrew on December 26, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    If your good enough - your old enough. The spinner Williamson proved that. Give him a go in T20s & ODIs - hold off his Test debut for a year or 2 though.

  • Dummy4 on December 25, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    I personally think that he is too young at this present time to be included. I have spoken with a number of other people who have a great deal of knowledge on the subject and they agree.

  • Ryan on December 23, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    I hope he can sustain his strength because he looks like the kind of frame that can get injured easily.

  • John on December 23, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    "I think they just picked me on what I've done so far" - well they haven't picked you on what you HAVEN'T done yet!

  • Dummy4 on December 23, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    I think cricinfo doesnt have his picture yet, I found one

    End of the page, the highschool kid holding the cup :) . He could just turn the tables around.

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