New Zealand in Zimbabwe 2011-12 October 26, 2011

Mills out of Zimbabwe Test with injury

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kyle Mills, the New Zealand seamer, will miss the one-off Test against Zimbabwe due to a torn abductor muscle. A replacement has not been named as the Test squad has enough cover in the fast-bowling department, team manager Mike Sandle said.

Mills had initially developed discomfort in the muscle during the first ODI on October 20, and was rested for the next two games, before scans revealed the extent of his injury. "Kyle developed some discomfort during the first one-dayer in Harare," Sandle said. "Initially it was thought to be a strain but a scan has shown a slight tear to his abductor muscle. Kyle will undergo further assessment by the New Zealand Cricket medical team once he returns home.

"The decision has been made not to bring over a replacement player as there is sufficient cover in the current squad."

New Zealand are also without fast bowler Tim Southee, who is recovering from cartilage damage in his left knee, which he suffered while preparing for the Champions League T20. New Zealand's national selection manager Kim Littlejohn had been hopeful that Southee would recover in time for the one-off Test that begins on November 1, but as he had not shown enough improvement, Graeme Aldridge was included in the Test squad. Apart from Aldridge, Chris Martin, Andy McKay and Doug Bracewell make up New Zealand's pace department.

Mills' career had been dogged by injury. He had been out of international cricket prior to the Zimbabwe tour after picking up a quadricep strain half-way through the 2011 World Cup, which ruled him out of the knockout stages of the tournament. During the 2009-10 season, he underwent shoulder and knee surgery, and has not played a Test since March 2009.

"Clearly it is disappointing for Kyle who was looking forward to making a return to the Test team," Sandle said. "We are hopeful he will be available for selection for the upcoming Test series against Australia." New Zealand play two Tests in Australia from December 1.