The Blackcaps’ white-ball selections for the forthcoming series in Pakistan and India have been changed, with Adam Milne quitting because of worries over his preparedness.
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Milne, who had a hamstring strain during the previous home series against India, will be replaced by Blair Tickner, who is currently in Pakistan with the New Zealand Test team. The possibility of playing six one-day internationals in 16 days across Pakistan and India was deemed too risky by the fast bowler.
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The choice was reached via mutual agreement, with selector Gavin Larsen stating that it was not an easy one. Adam was extremely forthright with us about his worries regarding the absence of one-day bowling loading for the forthcoming trips, Larsen said. After speaking with him, we concluded that his preparation for the trip would not be adequate to meet the rigors of back-to-back, three-game ODI series.”
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Tucker has nine ODI wickets since his debut against the Netherlands in March 2022. Blair’s talents at bowling in the middle and his ability to smash the pitch hard make him a comparable potential to what Adam provided us,” Larsen said. The fact that he is already in Pakistan experiencing the circumstances is a plus. The first of three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) between New Zealand and Pakistan will be played on January 9 at Karachi.
New Zealand’s one-day international teams for series against Pakistan and India
Kane Williamson (captain – Pakistan One-Day Internationals only), Tom Latham (captain – India One-Day Internationals only), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman (India One-Day Internationals only), Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy (India One-Day Internationals only), Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, I (Pakistan ODIs only).