New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 January 11, 2013

Wagner in for injured Milne

ESPNcricinfo staff

Neil Wagner has been added to New Zealand's ODI squad to face South Africa later this month after fellow fast bowler Adam Milne was ruled out by injury.

Milne, 20, missed the T20s in December after suffering an Achilles problem while warming up for a domestic match and although he was included for the ODI leg of New Zealand's tour, the problem as flared up again.

New Zealand physiotherapist Paul Close said: "Adam sustained a recurrence of his lower leg injury that's been problematic for him over the last few months. He requires further assessment to determine the severity of the injury but because he is unable bowl without pain the decision has been made to replace him for the ODI series."

Wagner, who qualified to play for New Zealand last year after moving from South Africa, has played two Tests but is yet to feature in either of the limited-overs teams. He could make his ODI debut in the three-match series, beginning on January 19.

Mike Hesson, New Zealand's head coach, said: "While it is obviously disappointing for Adam this gives Neil a wonderful opportunity to join the squad for the ODI series. He's the ideal replacement for Adam and we are confident he will perform well in the one-dayers should he get the opportunity on this tour."

Earlier this week, New Zealand were forced to replace allrounder Corey Anderson with Grant Elliott, after Anderson suffered a fractured thumb in training.

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  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Now that the real cricket is over we are going to be subjected to pyjama cricket, although I suppose that pyjama cricket is better than circus cricket. I think SA will take the series as well. New faces are gonna want to impress.

  • Leon on January 14, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    What exactly is the make up of the BlackCaps one day side now? This is about the 17th change that I am aware of.

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