Milne sets sights on regular berth with Black Caps

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 23/11/2012

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Now Adam Milne has had a decent taste of international cricket, he wouldn't mind making it a regular thing.

After a handful of Twenty20 Internationals, the Manawatu speedster made his one-day international debut for New Zealand this month and snared his first one-day wicket.

While his time on the field was limited due to selection and the weather, he debuted against Sri Lanka in Hambantota.

The 20-year-old has now played two ODIs and two T20 internationals but hasn't yet been able to nail down a regular spot.

"I'd love to get into a position to be in that one-day team all the time," Milne said. "Be playing well in the team and then push for spots in the other formats as well."

The two matches he played weren't that great, one was rained off and Sri Lanka won the other by seven wickets, so the message from coach Mike Hesson was pretty simple if he wants to play more.

"They were pretty happy with how I went," Milne said. "Just said stick at it, come back and play first-class cricket, get some overs in, keep pushing and take wickets."

Milne also took his first ODI wicket, picking up the big scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, one that he will remember.

"It was pretty awesome especially to get someone of that calibre," Milne said. "It was awesome to be playing at that level, playing guys of Sangakkara and [Mahela] Jayawardene's class. I'd love to stick at it and keep playing."

Milne said it was always good to be mixing with the Black Caps and having a bowling coach the calibre of Shane Bond to help him along as well.

The former Palmerston North Boys' High School student has worked with Bond previously at Central Districts.

Milne now goes back to play for CD to try to make his way back into the national side.

He is in decent form at the moment, as he picked up four for 53 in the second innings to help guide the Stags to an eight-wicket win over Northern Districts earlier this week.

New Zealand have a tour of South Africa starting next month, are hosting England in February and March, then are touring England in May and June.

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- Manawatu Standard

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