New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 1, 2013

Mills to lead New Zealand in Sri Lanka series

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kyle Mills, the New Zealand fast bowler, will lead the side in the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka later this month. Mills was named captain after Kane Williamson had to fly home from the ongoing Bangladesh tour with a fractured thumb.

Williamson himself had been set to lead the side only because regular captain Brendon McCullum and senior batsman Ross Taylor were asked to skip the Sri Lanka series and instead prepare for the home Tests against West Indies later this year.

Mills, who has played 154 ODIs and is New Zealand's second-highest wicket-taker in the format, will get to captain New Zealand for the first time.

One of Mills' first tasks as captain would be to repair a wobbling batting that fell short of the target in both their run-chases against Bangladesh this week to lose the series. On their previous visit to Sri Lanka, New Zealand were defeated 3-0, and without McCullum, Taylor and Williamson in their ranks, Mills and New Zealand can expect another difficult outing.

Other changes in the squad include a recall for batting allrounder Rob Nicol, who last played an ODI in January, and for quick bowler Andrew Ellis, who has been called up after a back injury to Ian Butler.

"It's disappointing that Ian's back didn't settle in time for the Sri Lanka tour," New Zealand's selection chief, Bruce Edgar, said. "We'll also bring in Otago's Neil Broom for the final ODI and the two Twenty20s as additional cover."|

New Zealand will play three ODIs against Sri Lanka, starting with the opener in Hambantota on November 10.

Squad Kyle Mills (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Rob Nicol, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom(for final ODI and T20s)

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  • Dummy4 on November 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Which channel is used to telecast this match in INDIA?? please reply as soon as possible.

  • Anupam on November 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    This going to be a tough series for Mills. Mills is a genuine swing bowler and he will get nothing from SL pitches. Nicol is a good player but where is Guptill Southee, & Fulton? Andy Mckay or M.Bates are ahead of Ellis. One more spinner is going to add in this squad. Nicol, Ronchi, Devcich, Rutherford, Elliot, Anderson, Latham/Munro, McCullum, Mills, McLenaghan, Mckay.

  • joe on November 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Nicol and Ellis would have to be 2 of the worst choices the selectors could have made(my apologies to any of their fans). Tried and failed many times. They should of just sent Jessie over to Sri Lanka what's the difference in him playing for NZ now or when the west Indies tour because its inevitable he will play.

  • joe on November 3, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    I think with tour scheduled well before the actual tour alot of the player selection can't be helped apart from mccullum and Taylor missing from the original squad that was named the other would be first choice players are either injured or coming back from injury and havnt had enough game time to justify selection so I think the NZ selectors were on a hiding to nothing(only my opinion) but the decision to leave mccullum(although he wouldn't be playing now anyway) and Taylor and despite test cricket being the main priority, made little sense considering we were sending a depleted team in the first instance. But being a kiwi and long time black caps supporter I will support them no matter how frustrating it can be

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Weve lost to Bangladesh and we aren't even taking Sri lanka seriously! They are a far better team than B' Desh- we should have declined to play rather than send B team - if any country had done this to us we would have cried foul. Porr chaps like McCullum and Taylor who need to rest after all they played too much 20/20 cricket . Wheres Watling and Guptill and Southee who did not even play the tests. Whats wrong woith our selectors and the coach who knows it all Rubbish we will be thrashed in Sri Lanka . We can now only play well at home when all our players are rested!

  • Dummy4 on November 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    an indian commenting on nz pitches when all the indian team produces are rank turners or absolute roads because of there weak pace bowlers. sounds a little bit ironic to me.

  • Peace on November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    It just a point less series. NZ B team is playing with SL. Already they have lost to Bangladesh. and If SL looses to NZ, then its a real disaster for SL, It just a 3rd class batsmen vs 3rd class batsmen. Good to see a good contest..

  • farah on November 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    From Sri Lankan point of view this series without, Mccullum, Taylor,Wlliamson, Guptill, Watling, Brownlie, Southie etc would be a financial disaster. If NZ board considered this series to be so unimportant they should have cancelled the tour instead of sending a "B" team.

  • Dummy4 on November 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I was never a fan of McCullum.... ever...

  • Reg on November 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Like almost everyone I am pleased for Mills. Always works hard on the field, andI am sure he will do his absllute best. But isn't there something self-defeating about this whole thing? First the captaincy is supposed to be so important that we had to turn NZ Cricket upside down to give the job to McCullum, but now it is handed to Mills apparently by default. It is certainly his first time as skipper of NZ. So how much leadership experience has he at provincial level? Can anyone say.

    Second, Mills himself has obviously bought into the idea that "we are focussing on 2015". Good grief. That's not even just over the horizon! And what an experience for the junior players. "Welcome to the team. FYI this tour is not important. We are sacrificial lambs, just here to cover management backsides and universally expected to fail. No-one will hold it against us even if we fail disastrously. Breakfast at 7. Any problems settling in, see me".

    Welcome to the team indeed!

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