Jan 15, 2014
“I haven’t put my name forward as yet. I’ve considered it but I’m not too worried about it. I just want to do the best for my country and get in as much cricket as I can and get my body strong. Obviously everyone would love to play in the IPL, more so for the players who are there and the experience you can get. If I went I’d never get the big money like some of the other boys,” said Milne about the upcoming 2014 IPL auctions during an interview with stuff.co.nz.
“At the start of high school I was a runty kid and bowled little mediums. Then at the end of sixth form (at Palmerston North Boys’ High School), I started bowling a lot quicker than I had before and that’s when I thought if I run in hard I can bowl quicker than a lot of people,” added Milne.
On being asked about him being too ‘mild mannered’ for being a fast bowler, Milne replied, “It’s probably something I need to improve. I’m not a big trash talker and not overly aggressive towards the batsmen. It can probably give me that bit of an extra edge.”
Milne, who idolised Shane Bond while growing up said, “I always enjoyed watching Shane Bond play, he was the quickest New Zealand guy around. Then obviously Brett Lee, James Anderson and Dale Steyn are all pretty good to watch for their skills as well as their pace.”
“I’ve worked with him (Bond) since I was 17 when he came to Champions League Twenty20 with the Stags. He’s been really good, having been at the top level, he knows what’s required and the discipline you need,” admitted Milne, who feels that Bond also played a big role in his fast-bowling career.
When posed questions about his different bowling variations, Milne replied, “You realise that pace is not everything, you have to do something else to create a bit of doubt. That inswing is something I’ve worked on for a couple of years with Bondy and it’s starting to come right. I’ve got a couple of options for a slower ball and they’re coming along nicely.”
Recovery is pretty key. At the top speed you’ve always got niggles and I haven’t been in perfect condition since the start of the season. It’s about doing the little things like the gym and conditioning. If you look at Mitchell Johnson who’s come back into some amazing form, he said he really worked on strengthening his legs. You’ve got to have good strong legs to withstand the load you’re putting on your body,” said Milne on injuries being part of a cricketer’s career.
When questioned about his losing out on an alternate football career with the Wairarapa United team in 2011, Milne replied, “That was a good bit of fun, but I don’t know how much longer I can do it for now. It might be frowned upon by NZC if I got injured playing football.
“I stopped playing cricket for a couple of years; my brothers both played football and I just followed them. Then in sixth and seventh form, I got back into cricket and started making a bit more progress and thought it was time to give it a crack,” concluded Milne about cricket taking a more important role for him than football.
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