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Adam Milne eyes T20 World Cup spot as he ‘keeps his rhythm going’ in the Hundred


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Injuries have parched him of steady opportunities but he has been able play more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 BBL

Adam Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, has set his sights on October’s T20 World Cup in the UAE despite injuries limiting him to two T20I appearances since November 2018.

Milne played only 12 professional games in a two-year period between November 2018 and December 2020, twice undergoing surgery on his left ankle, but has been able to string games together more consistently since the start of the 2020-21 Big Bash League and has been the standout fast bowler in the group stages of the ongoing Hundred to date, playing for the table-topping Birmingham Phoenix.

He won an international recall for New Zealand’s T20I series against Bangladesh earlier this year and while he proved expensive in that series, he has been in contact with the selectors in recent weeks to discuss his potential involvement in the upcoming tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan before the World Cup.

New Zealand are expected to confirm squads for those tours at the start of next week, though it is unclear at this stage whether Milne and the other players with IPL deals will be part of them. Milne confirmed he is expecting to fly to the UAE to fulfil his contract with the Mumbai Indians where he will link back up with Shane Bond, Mumbai’s assistant coach and his Sydney Thunder head coach and mentor.

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