New Zealand news June 25, 2012

Mills prepares for Gayle challenge

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kyle Mills, the New Zealand seamer, has said West Indies opener Chris Gayle will test New Zealand's bowlers on the upcoming tour of the USA and the Caribbean, which starts with two Twenty20s in Florida on June 30.

The New Zealand squad left for the tour on Sunday to play two Twenty20s, five ODIs and two Tests. Mills said that though West Indies lost their last two series against Australia and England, the inclusion of Gayle will give them a huge boost. "(Gayle is) the hottest batsman in the world at the moment," Mills told New Zealand Herald. "He's going to have his moments where he's on top of you. It's how you respond to that. It's a test of character and a test of you as an international cricketer. Personally I'm really looking forward to it."

Mills, 33, said that his side will rely on the experience of its bowling attack to make early inroads. "We need to be ready from ball one. The quicker the bowlers find their rhythm the better off we'll be. People like Jacob (Oram), Tim (Southee) and myself have been around the circuit a wee while so we've got a really good understanding of our own game and what needs to be done."

Mills added that while New Zealand had a fair idea about what kind of conditions to expect in the West Indies, they were less prepared for the two T20 matches in Florida. "The wicket wasn't the best (in 2010). It was a slow wicket and it wasn't a very high scoring game.

"They think it's going to be a bouncier wicket this time, which I'm sure will bode well for the batsmen. But it's a great opportunity for New Zealand to showcase the game of cricket in a foreign country where there's massive potential for the game to grow."

Mills said he used the three-month gap in the international calendar to work on his bowling variations. "In the off season I've been doing a lot of rehab, a lot of work on my game and the last four weeks have come around pretty quickly, but I've really been looking forward to it.

"I've really concentrated on a few slower balls, because from my understanding over in the West Indies they're going to be low slow wickets."

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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  • Jordan on June 28, 2012, 4:40 GMT

    My XI for the first match would be Nicol, Guptill, Williamson, Taylor, Watling, Ellis or Latham, Brownlie, McCullum, Southee, Hira, and Mills.

  • Brendan on June 27, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Guptill, nicol, williamson, Taylor (c), oram, latham, n. mccullum, southee, mills, nethula, gillespie

  • Denis on June 27, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    West Indies now have a real chance to prove themselves. Its an even match more or less, kets see wht comes out

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    Well! After 3 gruelling series against toughies India, Australia, and England, the Windies finally get a team they can beat up on - and that, they will do, mercilessly: If Kyle Mills thinks that Gayle is his only concern, he better start thinking harder: What about Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, et al? And don't forget about our new crop of very good spinners. He will be well advised to bring over a bunch of spinners, as the West Indies wickets have completely changed from former years. NZ pacers will not be effective on our new pitches. They should prepare as if they are going to play on Asian pitches.

  • Anupam on June 26, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    OMG how i forget franklyn. i miss andre adams. roger twose, fulton.

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 15:54 GMT

    Kyle mills ball is going to be flying over the park

  • trevor on June 26, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    I,M hoping & asking the Universal travel spirit to make away for me to see NZ play in the WI--Take a plane? okayokayokay. I,ll be there. Should be an evenly match series. I am backing the windies to win @ home, they are hungry and looking to avenge their losses against England. lost badly. not happy @ all. Will rest Sammy for 20/20 & some of the 50 overs, Time to move Bravo up to captain. Smith should have by now cemented his place in these format of the game. I wouldn,t play Marlon S. in any of the 20/20; WINDIES need him to bat for years to come, the batting will fall around Chanders, Samuels, Gayle, Bravo & Co.I,m talking here about 50 0vers & test.Lets not look past these youngster,Barath,Bravo,Powell & not so young K Edwards.Lets play cricket.thanks.

  • Anupam on June 26, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Guptill, nicol, ingram, taylor, williamson, oram, latham, n.macullam, southee, mills, gillespie

  • Dummy4 on June 26, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    ENG have experimented with the bouncer to Gayle & Pollard with some results. NZ wouldn't miss that. However I'm looking for a home series win from WI.

  • James on June 26, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    New Zealand do not seem to tour the Caribbean very often. It is a best opportunity for some time for the West Indies to secure a home win.

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