Veteran on stand-by after Milne hit by injury
VETERAN Black Caps paceman Kyle Mills will be sweating on a call-up for today's World Cup semi-final against South Africa, after 22-year-old Adam Milne was ruled out of the tournament with a heel complaint.
Milne, who bowls in excess of 150kmh, played in the first five pool games, taking five wickets, before being rested for the final match against Bangladesh.
Left-armer Mitch McClenaghan played in that game, but finished with the figures of 0-68 off eight overs to raise doubts about whether he would be given a second opportunity.
Matt Henry has been drafted into the Black Caps squad in place of Milne, with some suggesting the fact he has been playing for Canterbury since missing World Cup selection in January could work in his favour.
Henry took part in the team's full training session yesterday and was seen having a long discussion with captain Brendon McCullum. Mills will still have vivid memories of the last time the teams met in the World Cup - at the quarter-final stage in Bangladesh in 2011.
The Black Caps won the match, but Mills - 12th man on the day - was fined 120% of his match fee for getting involved in a stoush with Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis after the crucial run out of South Africa's captain AB de Villiers.
Du Plessis and New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori were also fined, Du Plessis saying prior to this tournament he would love nothing better than knocking the Kiwis out of the finals.