After suffering a “low grade hamstring injury,” Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remainder of the ongoing ODI series against England. Ben Lister has been called up in his place.
“Milne suffered hamstring tightness at training in Cardiff before yesterday’s opening ODI and a subsequent scan revealed he would need a period of rehabilitation,” said a statement from New Zealand Cricket.
It was also revealed in the statement that Milne would not return home but would continue his rehab in England before they travel to Bangladesh later this month for an ODI series. Milne had been unable to play against India and Pakistan earlier in the year due to a hamstring injury.
Having won the opening ODI of a four-match series against England, New Zealand will play the remaining games within five days, bringing Lister into the fold.
“We have short turnarounds between these matches and want to try and look after the players as much as possible with the upcoming schedule,” head coach Gary Stead was quoted as saying.
“With Ben already here in England it meant we could have him join the squad at short notice without the recovery time of a bowler joining from New Zealand mid-series.
“Ben impressed us in the UAE and warm-up matches in England and will continue to learn being around some senior players in the touring group,” added Stead.