Blair Tickner replaces 'under-prepared' Milne in ODI squad

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Tickner is already with the Test squad in Pakistan.
Tickner is already with the Test squad in Pakistan. © Getty

Blair Tickner has replaced Adam Milne in the New Zealand squad for ODIs against Pakistan and India. The decision to draft in Tickner was made after Milne expressed concerns about his preparation for the back-to-back away series.

Milne finished the series against India with a tight hamstring and subsequently missed two games of the Ford Trophy for Wellington Firebirds. Despite coming back for two Super Smash games in December, the prospect of playing six ODI games across 16 days was considered too much of a risk.

A decision, by mutual agreement, was therefore made to replace Milne with Central Stags' Tickner, who is already over in Pakistan with the Test team.

"Adam was very up front with us about his concerns around the lack of one-day bowling loading for the upcoming tours," chief selector Gavin Larsen said. "After chatting to him, we agreed his preparation leading into the tour wouldn't be sufficient for him to cope with the demands of back-to-back, three-game ODI series.

"We appreciate his honesty and his genuine desire not to let the team down. Blair's skills at bowling through the middle and his ability to hit the pitch hard make him a similar prospect to what Adam offered us. The fact he's already in Pakistan experiencing the conditions is an added bonus."

New Zealand's ODI squad will depart for Pakistan on January 4, play all three games in Karachi on January 9, 11 and 13 before heading out to India for ODIs on January 18, 21 and 24.