Friday 11 January 2013 

Wagner Called Up To Replace Injured Milne

Wagner Called Up To Replace Injured Milne
Wagner Called Up To Replace Injured Milne
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New Zealand's injury problems continue to mount and they have sent for Neil Wagner to replace Adam Milne ahead of the One-Day International series in South Africa.

Milne has suffered a recurrence of a lower leg problem while James Franklin was ruled out of the second and final Test with a hamstring injury.

Left-arm quick bowler Wagner, like Grant Elliott, who was called up to replace Corey Anderson earlier in the week, was born in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 2008.

He played two Tests in 2012 against the West Indies but is yet to make his limited overs debut for the Black Caps.

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"Adam sustained a recurrence of his lower leg injury that’s been problematic for him over the last few months," physiotherapist Paul Close said.

"He requires further assessment to determine the severity of the injury but because he is unable bowl without pain the decision has been made to replace him for the ODI series."

Head Coach Mike Hesson added: "While it is obviously disappointing for Adam this gives Neil a wonderful opportunity to join the squad for the ODI series.

"He's the ideal replacement for Adam and we are confident he will perform well in the one-dayers should he get the opportunity on this tour."

Wagner played for Northerns and Titans in South Africa before making the switch to Otago having represented the South African Academy side in the 2007/08 season.

In 57 one-day matches in his career to date, Wagner has taken 87 wickets at an average of 27.36 and an economy rate of 5.17.

New Zealand ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Rob Nicol, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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