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Adam Milne doubtful for India ODI series

Adam Milne last played for New Zealand during the World T20 in India.
Adam Milne last played for New Zealand during the World T20 in India.
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New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen hinted that fast bowler Adam Milne is unlikely to recover in time to take part in the upcoming One-Day International series against India in October.

Milne, who is recovering from a shoulder surgery, has been named in the New Zealand XI squad to face Emerging Players XI but Larsen confirmed that he will play only as a batsman.

“Milney is just coming back from a wee tidy up elbow operation he had.

“He’s travelling nicely and he’s going to play in those games, but we are keen to keep expanding his batting game so he’s going to play as a batsman.

“It’s probably fair to say that it would be a stretch [he will make the squad for India].”

On the other hand, all-rounder Corey Anderson, who recovering from a back injury, has also been named in the Emerging Players XI squad.

Though Larsen was not definite in his assessment of Anderson, he said that the 25-year-old is on track to make it back into the team.

“We will monitor Corey like we’ll watch everyone and assess where he is at after those games.

“It is the bowling obviously we are very keen to see Corey keep progressing in, to be getting back to being selectable as a genuine all-rounder.

“We are trying to get that on track as quick as possible.”

New Zealand will play a five-match ODI series in India between 16th and 29th October, following the three-match Test series which takes place between 22nd September and 12th October.

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