Home > News >

Kyle Mills faces stern competition from young quicks in New Zealand ranks

Veteran bowler Kyle Mills is out-of-favour thanks to New Zealand's young crop of Pacers © Getty Images
Veteran bowler Kyle Mills is out-of-favour thanks to New Zealand’s young crop of Pacers © Getty Images

Napier: Jan 18, 2014 

For the first time in his 13-year-old career, fast bowler Kyle Mills is facing some real competition in the New Zealand fast bowling ranks.

For the 34-year-old, who is a veteran of 162 ODIs, the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India could be either make or break. But if he comes out strong, Mills would be seen leading the pace attack in the 2015 World Cup.

Young and rising fast bowler Adam Milne is breathing down his neck and with Tim Southee appointed the leader of the attack, Mills has a tough challenge in hand.

On Sunday, either Mills or Mitchell McClenaghan will miss out from the series opener against India in the first ODI here.

“Throughout my time this is the best depth in the bowling department that I’ve come across which is obviously healthy for the team,” Mills was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels that Mills would be the new ball bowler is he is selected.

Mills said his role has hardly changed over the years.

“My role has always been trying to get us off to a good start, keep the runs per over down and try to build some pressure and force some false strokes,” he said.

Mills knows it will be a different Indian batting line-up.

“Hopefully we can get into their top order. It’s a different Indian side to what we’ve faced over the last decade and there’s new players on the scene with a bit of hype about them. (Virat) Kohli is obviously a quality player and (Shikhar) Dhawan has done a pretty good job.

“I haven’t really played a lot of their batsmen. Kohli is a very good player. I’ve watched footage of him and he’s a class act and his record is stacking up to be as good as Sachin Tendulkar. He’s going to have the weight of a nation, so to speak, on him to fill those shoes. There might be an opportunity for us to create that pressure on him,” he said.

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 24, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Glenelg, Adelaide

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Sharjah

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (14:30 IST)   at Colombo

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 26, 2014 (12:00 IST)   at Dhaka

India tour of Australia 2014, Practice matches

Nov 28, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Adelaide

More

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 24, 2014  at Colombo

Hong Kong won by 2 wkts

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Chittagong

Bangladesh won by 68 runs

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 23, 2014  at Sydney

Australia won by 2 wickets (D/L method)

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 22, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Nov 21, 2014  at Dambulla

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled

Photos

Australia vs South Africa 2014, 5th ODI at Sydney

Videos

AB de Villiers: Disappointed with defeat in Australia

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Live Updates: IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal hearing in Supreme Court

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina in interesting tussle ahead of India’s Test series against Australia

Australia Australia vs South Africa Australia vs South Africa 2014 Bangladesh Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe Bangladesh vs Zimbabwe 2014 India Pakistan South Africa South Africa tour of Australia 2014 South Africa vs Australia South Africa vs Australia 2014 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh 2014 Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh Zimbabwe vs Bangladesh 2014

IPL 2013-spot-fixing and betting scandal: BCCI killing the game if it allows ‘these things’ to happen, says SC

Indian Blind cricket team to leave for World Cup in South Africa

Hong Kong edge out Nepal by 2 wickets in low-scoring thriller

Raj Kundra issues statement ahead of SC hearing on Mudgal panel’s IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting probe

Virat Kohli retains 2nd spot in ICC Rankings for ODI batsmen

Cricket Australia’s marketing gimmick strips umpires of their independence

Australia’s top form in ODIs: Early warning for teams heading to ICC World Cup 2015

Myth Busting — did Sachin Tendulkar’s rate of scoring become slower in the second half of his career?

Single-wicket cricket match between John Grange and James Sadler lasts three days

Bill Ashdown and Bert Wensley beat a team of 11 all by themselves

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

681 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Virat Kohli vs Australian cricketers

Watch Free Live Streaming & Telecast of Indian Super League (ISL) 2014 Football 37th Match between Kerala Blasters FC vs Atletico de Kolkata

PK Tharki Chokro making: Rancho aka Aamir Khan and Munna Bhai aka Sanjay Dutt shake legs to this folk number

Simbu-Hansika’s Vaalu slated for Christmas release!

Yeh Hai Mohabbatein: Will Raman and Ishita help Mihika with her plans?

Alibaba to launch its Taobao marketplace in international markets: Reuters

8 reasons to add rosemary to your diet

eBay India ‘Black Friday’ sale kicks off today

How many calories do bananas have?

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here