24 May 2015

Milne ruled out of England one-day series

9:05 am on 24 May 2015

Fast bowler Adam Milne has failed to adequately recover from the heel injury that forced him out of the Cricket World Cup and won't join the New Zealand one-day side for their series against England.

The Black Caps fast bowler Adam Milne in action.

The Black Caps fast bowler Adam Milne in action. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 23-year-old was ruled out of the World Cup before the semi-final and replaced by Matt Henry, who also played the final and has since gone on to make his test debut against England in the ongoing match at Lord's in London.

"Its been a hard time for Adam," the Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said.

"He has worked really hard to get back to full fitness but unfortunately he is still suffering pain and is unable to bowl at his best."

"He is a young man and has a long career ahead of him so we are focused on making sure he is 100 percent fit before he returns."

Milne has been impressive in the early stages of his ODI career for New Zealand; he has played 22 ODIs, bowling at more than 150km per hour on a consistent basis at an economy rate of 5.11

Milne will be replaced in the squad for the five matches from June 9-20 by Ben Wheeler, who played for the tourists in their warm-up match against Somerset and impressed Hesson with a five-wicket haul.

"He showed great composure against Somerset and he has a big future," said Hesson. "It will be good to have him in the squad to continue his development."