Right arm fast bowler Seth Rance has been called in for injured Adam Milne who has been ruled out of the ODI and T20 series against West Indies. Milne has injured his left foot and has been completely ruled out of the series after he reported of being in discomfort while landing to bowl in the nets. He will be further evaluated by the New Zealand Cricket’s medical staff.
After missing out the first ODI against West Indies which the Kiwis eventually won by five wickets, Milne was in contention to play in the remaining ODI’s after Tim Southee was rested for the remainder of the series. Rance is Milne’s teammate in the domestic circuit as they both play from Central District. Rance has played in two ODI’s previously for the Kiwis both of them being in 2017. He made his international debut against Ireland and picked up a wicket giving away 44 runs; he was wicketless in the second outing in national colours.
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen spoke about Rance’s selection for the ODI and T20 series and said:
“Seth comes into the squad off the back of consistently strong domestic performances. We were already looking at Seth for the upcoming Twenty20 series, so this just brings him into the squad slightly earlier than anticipated.”
“Adam has a great work ethic and puts a lot into his fitness, so I certainly feel for him with this injury. It’s a long summer and there’s a lot of cricket left for Adam to play, so we’ll work with him to get him back to full fitness.”
Apart from Milne, New Zealand has rested their captain Kane Williamson and Tim Southee for the remaining two ODI’s against West Indies in Christchurch. The Kiwi’s lead the three-match ODI series 1-0.