Black Caps bring Milne in from the cold
Adam Milne has returned to New Zealand’s squad for the World Twenty20 after an 18-month absence.
The paceman, who made his debut as an 18-year-old in December 2010, is back in a 15-man squad which also includes James Franklin and Daniel Vettori.
Experienced left-arm spinner Vettori will miss the upcoming two-Test series in India with a groin problem, but will have time to prove his fitness in two Twenty20 internationals against the same opponents before the showpiece in Sri Lanka.
Franklin returns after missing the recent tour of West Indies in order to play for Essex in the Friends Life t20.
However, there are no places for Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham, Daniel Flynn or Dean Brownlie, who all played a part against the Windies.
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn said: "Adam Milne has impressed during his time with the winter development squad and his extra pace offers something a little different.
"We are confident he will have an impact in international cricket and will seize this opportunity.
"We are thrilled to have Daniel Vettori back in the fold. He brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge of conditions in the sub-continent.
"The squad also welcomes back James Franklin, who has been playing Twenty20 cricket for Essex."
New Zealand squad: Ross Taylor (captain) Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Jacob Oram, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne.