New Zealand speedster Adam Milne has been ruled out of the upcoming ODI and T20 series against West Indies. The first game of the series will see hosts take on West Indies at Whangarei. The 25-year old suffered a foot injury and is going further examination by medical staff.
The right-arm pacer will not feature in the one-day series while Tim Southee will also skip games in the series. Seth Rance, who is a pace option, play for Central Districts is a possible replacement for Milne in the New Zealand one-day squad.
Rance also played a couple of one-day games for New Zealand but has not yet to make his debut in a T20 game. The pace bowler is ready to make an impression at the international level be it one-day or T20 game as stated by New Zealand Chief Selector Gavin Larsen.
Larsen further said that Rance has earned his call-up on sheer weight of superlative performances at the domestic level. He said that Rance will be part of the T20 squad that will see New Zealand three games against West Indies. Adam Milne is unlucky to miss out in this series as he has been doing well this year with the ball in hand. Gavin Larsen said that medical team is assessing Milne condition and working hard to make sure he gets back to full fitness.
Rance has taken 12 wickets in 3 games at an average of 20.08 in the Plunkett Shield tournament that is played in New Zealand. He also participated in New Zealand’s T20 competition-super smash as well and picked up two wickets.New Zealand will try to continue their good form against West Indies as they brace themselves for much tougher opponents in Pakistan who tour the country in January to play five ODIs and three T20s