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Shane Bond hails Adam Milne as New Zealand’s rising fast bowling star

Adam Milne was in news for hitting the 150 kmph mark in a Twenty20 match against the West Indies © Getty Images
Adam Milne was in news for hitting the 150 kmph mark in a Twenty20 match against the West Indies © Getty Images

Jan 13, 2014

 

New Zealand’s bowling coach Shane Bond has called for rising star Adam Milne’s pace bowing exploits to be fully utilised in Test cricket.

Milne, who is being considered as a potential first team player for the Kiwis, hit a speed of 153 kilometers per hour, during the recent Twenty 20 win over the West Indies in Auckland.

Bond, who himself is the only other Kiwi pacer to have hit the mark said that Milne remains a massive part of New Zealand’s future prospects.

“It’s exciting to have someone like that in our sport. He’s only 21, which is even more exciting. He’s got exceptional skill, he trains hard, and he’s an exciting prospect for the long term for New Zealand cricket,” said Bond to Radio Sport.

Bond feels that Milne can bowl more than 10 overs an innings which makes him likely to be playing all the three formats of the game.

Bond also suggests that Milne can instill fear in New Zealand’s opponents with his searing pace, which has not been seen in recent times for the Kiwis and also says that his pace will add an extra dimension in their bowling attack.

“I remember being in the shed when Shoaib Akhtar was bowling, you could sort of see a bit of fear in the eyes of the batsmen and counting down the deliveries that he was bowling, especially in one day cricket,” said Bond.

Bond concludes that Milne should be considered in the series against India, as he feels that he is definitely good enough to play Test cricket for New Zealand.

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