New Zealand pacer Adam Milne ruled out of European Tour with an Achilles injury

Adam Milne was feeling uncomfortable due to pain in his left Achilles tendon during a net session in Ireland.

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Adam Milne. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

New Zealand express pacer Adam Milne has been ruled out of the remaining encounter of the Blackcaps’ European tour due to an Achilles injury. Talented pacer Jacob Duffy has been named as Milne’s replacement by the New Zealand team management committee.

Talking more about Milne’s injury, the right-arm pacer was feeling uncomfortable due to pain in his left Achilles tendon during a net session in Ireland. To note, the Kiwi side will take on Ireland in the final ODI match to be played on July 15 (Friday).

We are naturally disappointed for Adam: Coach Shane Jurgensen

“We’re naturally disappointed for Adam. He’s a great character on any team and I am sure he’ll apply his strong will to this next phase of rehabilitation. There is still a lot of cricket to come this year including the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia, and Adam is determined to make himself available to be part of that selection picture,” Coach Shane Jurgensen was quoted by Cricbuzz.

“We’re backing Jacob to step up. He’s made an exciting start to his white ball international career. He’s an established performer in our Dream11 Super Smash and showed on his T20I debut against Pakistan that he can transfer those skills to international cricket,” he added.

The express pacer will be leaving Ireland on July 16 (Saturday). As mentioned above, the Kiwi team will be facing the home team in the final ODI match that will be played on Friday in Malahide. After the ODI series is done and dusted, the focus will then shift to the T20I series starting soon. After the completion of the T20I series against the Men in Green, New Zealand will take on Scotland in two T20Is and one ODI, before taking on the Netherlands in a two-match T20I series.

New Zealand’s updated squad:

Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner

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