London, May 24:
Fast bowler Adam Milne has failed to adequately recover from the heel injury that forced him out of the World Cup to join the New Zealand side for their One-Day International (ODI) series against England.
The 23-year-old was ruled out of the World Cup before the semi-final and replaced by Matt Henry, who also played the final and has since gone on to make his Test debut against England in the ongoing match at Lord’s here, reports bdnews24.com
“It’s been a hard time for Adam. He has worked really hard to get back to full fitness but unfortunately he is still suffering pain and is unable to bowl at his best. He is a young man and has a long career ahead of him. So we are focussed on making sure he is 100 percent fit before he returns,” New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said.
Milne will be replaced in the squad by Ben Wheeler, who played for the tourists in their warm-up match against Somerset and impressed with a five-wicket haul.
“He showed great composure against Somerset and he has a big future. It will be good to have him in the squad to continue his development,” said Hesson.
New Zealand and England will play five ODIs from June 9 to 20. (IANS)